Extensive graphic survey, primarily in color, of commercial letterpress ephemera, mainly from the eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. The author focuses particularly on typography and includes a glossary of terms. Examples include election notices, for sale notices, sporting posters, tickets, invitations, ex libris labels, food and other product labels, and more.
"[Lewis] is mainly concerned with letterpress printers' jobbing work. He traces its development from the vivid typographic vernacular developed in the first half of the nineteenth century, through its decline in both England in America during the next hundred years or so, to its sudden flowering today, when in art schools and amateur print shops on both sides of the Atlantic designers have rediscovered the wonderful material available in wood and metal letters, in borders, furniture an ornament." --Dust jacket.