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Lead, tin & antimony. A specimen of types held in cases or cast fresh at the Greenboathouse Press.

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Vernon, B.C. : Greenboathouse Press, 2016. Quarto, quarter-leather over papered boards, slipcase, pp. [52] printed letterpress, typographical specimen printing. Limited to 45 copies plus 10 deluxe versions with an additional suite of prints, this is the standard edition. Prospectus loosely enclosed.

“Since setting up to print letterpress in 2008, a few hundred cases of type have found their way into the Greenboathouse shop. Many came with the acquisition of the late Jim Rimmer’s typecasting equipment in 2010, along with Jim’s small collection of matrices for casting new type. I was then able, in 2014, to acquire a handful of sets of rather rare and compelling matrices which I’ve been eager to cast and put to use. Lead, Tin & Antimony presents 24 typefaces in a wide range of sizes, printed in over 25 colours. The designs include compositions of poetry, typographic quotations and extracts, short excerpts of literary prose and philosophy, as well as typographic specimens and experiments. Some of these types are beautiful yet understated faces, capable of doing justice to any page of text, but the bulk of the faces displayed in this project are those for which I have very little quantity, such as a single case of 24pt foundry Palatino italic or Zapf’s Civilité, or even the bashed up old Franklin Gothic used one last time before tossing it into the pot. Many, however, were cast fresh for the book, which offered the opportunity to both have some fun casting and also crank out exactly what I needed for a given page. As such, Lead, Tin & Antimony serves not so much as a specimen book, but an eclectic and playful tour through some of the cabinets and matrix cases here at the Greenboathouse Press.” – from the prospectus

Winner of the Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

A review of the book can be found here : https://www.thehindu.com/books/a-hot-metal-masterpiece/article19132159.ece