Theo Crosby: Whitefriars Press, (1958). 7 x 5 1/2", 17.5 x 14cm, unpaged. An edition of 1,000 copies of the first issue of this journal of the graphic arts, with photographs, drawings, and text printed on several different papers, a few in orange ink, and bound in foldover tan paper printed in rec and black. A total of five issues were published between this one, in 1958, and 1960. Crosby, an influential architect, writer and designer before his early death (1925-1994), was one of the founders of the design firm Pentagram. This copy has a 1 1/2" paper split at the bottom of the spine at the front cover, but is otherwise a fine and unmarked copy.
New York: George Wittenborn,Inc, 1960. Large square octavo, 9.5 x 9.5", unpaged, (19 French-folded leaves). There is an introduction by Gibson A. Danes, then Dean of the school of Art and Architecture at Yale, a page of comments by Paul Rand, and color illustrations for a dozen trademarks designed by Rand, including Borzoi Books, Westinghouse, IBM and Esquire Magazine. The cover design and typography are by Paul Rand; the general design and printing are by Hiram Ash, then at the School of Art and Architecture at Yale University. This copy is from Hiram Ash's own library. The book was printed in an edition of 450 copies -- a limitation not mentioned in the book but noted in a Wittenborn advertisement in "Typographica" for June, 1961. Slight age-toning to page edges else fine in heavy white wrappers printed in yellow, orange and black, and in the original glassine. Other than age-toning, faultless.
New York: Champion Papers, 1978. 11" x 8 1/2", 36 pages. This issue was designed by Hermann Zapf, and is full of his quotes, typefaces, calligraphy and posters, many being full-page and in color. An internally fine -- and indisputably elegant -- copy in mildly rubbed and faded heavy blue wrappers. Text and cover papers are by Champion. A very good copy.