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Swan & Hoop 1: Mediæval in Padua
Follow Russell and Annie through the mediæval city of Padua as they hunt for inscriptions. Delight at the multitude of variant forms, the calligraphic whimsy, and sculptural skill of a handfull of anonymous artisans who together, across centuries, map a transition from the improvisational joie of Romanesque lettering to the highly ornamental and regimented Round Gothic epigraphic style. Printed letterpress in a total of eight colors by Russell Maret in his new digital cutting of John Baskerville’s Great Primer typeface, with 16 pages of accompanying photographic plates of mediæval inscriptions in Padua.

44 pages, 8 x 12 inches, 226 copies. $250

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Swan & Hoop 2: Lettered in Lucca will be available in Spring 2009.