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William Addison Dwiggins collection

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Abstract

Title:
William Addison Dwiggins collection
Author/Creator:
Dwiggins, William Addison
Collection number:
not applicable
Size:
168 items
Bulk dates:
1920-1960
Inclusive dates:
1902-1990
Collection Area:
Literature and Rare Books
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

William Addison Dwiggins (1880-1956) was a type designer, book designer, calligrapher, illustrator, and writer. He also carved and wrote plays for his marionettes, and had occasional excursions into architecture, furniture design, mural painting, kite flying, weathervane-making, and making his own tools. The collection includes over 130 volumes and over 30 pieces of ephemera documenting Dwiggins's design career, as well as works written about him.

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This collection is open for research.

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William Addison Dwiggins collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Historical Note

William Addison Dwiggins (1880-1956) is best remembered by his many friends and associates as a gentle, modest, and sensitive person, with numerous whimsical talents that gave his professional work a liveliness and richness in expression, even for the most serious of subjects. He was a type designer, book designer, calligrapher, illustrator, and writer. He also carved and wrote plays for his marionettes, and had occasional excursions into architecture, furniture design, mural painting, kite flying, weathervane-making, and making his own tools.

After studying illustration in Chicago under Frederic Goudy he moved to Hingham, Massachusetts in the first years of the century to work with Goudy and his Village Press, where he lived the rest of his life. Most of his work in the first two decades was in the advertising field which made use of his skills as a calligrapher and graphic artist. It was not until the mid-twenties that Dwiggins emerged as a book designer, following the publication of his 1919 essay "Extracts from an Investigation into the Physical Properties of Books as They Are At Present Published", written with his cousin Laurance B. Siegfried who later became editor of The American Printer. Published by The Society of Calligraphers, a fictitious group, with the "help" of Hermann Pterschein, Dwiggins' alter-ego, the essay did shake up a few men in the publishing industry by criticizing the lack of attention to careful design and typography and helped to establish Dwiggins as a designer opposed to shoddy workmanship.

Dwiggins' career as a designer of trade books began in 1926 when he designed and illustrated both the limited and trade editions of Willa Cather's My Mortal Enemy for the publisher Alfred A. Knopf. He went on to have a long and fruitful career designing many more trade and limited editions for Knopf, as well as limited editions for other organizations, including George Macy's Limited Editions Club. Dwiggins felt that book design ought not be a slave of the past. If a book was to be read in the present its design and illustrations should reflect contemporary tastes. As noted by Dorothy Abbe, an associate of Dwiggins, two keys styles of Dwiggins can readily be noted when viewing the collection: ornamentation done with stencils and hand lettering on the spines of his books.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection includes over 150 volumes including ephemera of books designed, written, and illustrated by Dwiggins as well as works written about him. The collection contains work from as early as 1902 and as recent as 1987.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Patricia Goldsmith England donated the William Addison Dwiggins collection to the University of Maryland Libraries in 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Laura Cleary and Melissa Lohrey, July 2011

Processing note:

The books in this collection have been cataloged and are available in the University of Maryland Libraries online catalog. They may be located under the call number Z232.D975, followed by the Agner No.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie Levine Knies, July 2011.

Arrangement of Collection

The William Addison Dwiggins collection is organized as two series

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Books, 1902-1987 (131 items)

This series contains 131 books designed, written, and illustrated by William Addison Dwiggins, as well as works written about him.

This bibliography/inventory makes use of the numbering system devised by Dwight Agner in The Books of WAD so that numbers appearing next to the items correspond to those in Agner. The Agner bibliography includes work through 1956. Those numbers which are bracketed are not found in Agner, but use the same system by simply adding a new number to the two digit year.

All of these books have been cataloged and are available in the University of Maryland Libraries online catalog. They may be located under the call number Z232.D975, followed by the Agner No.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Books, 1902-1987 series 1box 1folder 1
Ostrander, Fannie E. The Gift of the Magic Staff: Paul's Adventures in Two Wonderlands. Chicago: Fleming H. Revell Co. 1902. This is the first illustrated book by "Will" Dwiggins, when he was living in Chicago, possibly still in art school. He also illustrated the binding. An important part of the collection, this book has been described as "the keystone of any Dwiggins Collection and very hard to find." -- Agner No. 2.01, 1902 series 1box 1folder 1item 02.01
Nicholson, Meredith. The Poet. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1914. Dwiggins illustrated the title page, chapter pages, and running heads in brown pen and ink drawings. Floral decorations frame the running heads. -- Agner No. 14.01, 1914 series 1box 1folder 1item 14.01
Society of Calligraphers. Extracts from an Investigation into the Physical Properties of Books as They are at Present Published. Boston: The Society of Calligraphers. 1919. Pamphlet designed and authored by Dwiggins with the "help" of Hermann Puterschein, Dwiggins alter-ego, and his cousin L.B. Sigfired as an expression of his interest in the format of books and concern for the poor methods of printing trade books Published by the imaginary Society of Calligraphers, the stinging Investigation was a hoax that nevertheless did shake up those in the publishing field following its wide distribution. As a result, though it took years, there was a vast improvement in American trade book publishing by the 1930s. One copy is an original with a brown wrapper hand-sewn into the pages and the second is a 1968 imprint from the Meriden Gravure Company. -- Agner No. 19.02 (2 copies), 1919 series 1box 1folder 1item 19.02
MacLeish, Archibald. Nobodaddy: A Play. Cambridge Mass.: Dunster House. 1926. One of the three books designed by Dwiggins in 1926. He designed the title page, cover, small type and type page. This book was named as one of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1927. -- Agner No. 26.03, 1926 series 1box 1folder 1item 26.03
Nusbaum, Deric. Deric in Mesa Verde. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons. 1926. Dwiggins designed head and tail-pieces, as well as other ornaments. Not acknowledged in the book. -- Agner No. [26.05], 1926 series 1box 1folder 1item 26.05
American Institute of Graphic Arts. Fifty Books, exhibited by the Institute, 1926. New York: Day. 1927. [not part of the PGE Collection]; Dwiggins wrote the introduction, "Notes on the Structure of a Book," cataloged as SPEC. COLL . FOLIO Z 121.A51F2 (in general special collections). -- Agner No. [27.06], 1927 series 1box 1folder 1item 27.06
Cabell, James Branch. Ballades from the Hidden Way. New York: Crosby Gaige. 1928. Typography, decorations, and binding are by Dwiggins. Copy no. 21 of 831 printed on Vidalon paper by William Edwin Rudge. There is red floral framing on each two-page spread; Dwiggins later commented he would not have done this again. -- Agner No. 28.01, 1928 series 1box 1folder 1item 28.01
Dwiggins, W.A. Layout in Advertising. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1928. Typography, illustrations, binding, and jacket done by Dwiggins. There are numerous half and full-page marginal illustrations, which includes many fine examples of Dwiggins work. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1929. This book was revised in 1948, which is also in the collection (see [48.15], two copies). -- Agner No. 28.02, 1928 series 1box 1folder 1item 28.02
Puterschein, Hermann, pseud. [Dwiggins, W.A.]. Paraphs. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1928. Typography, ornaments, binding and slipcase by Dwiggins. Published and authored by Dwiggins under the pseudonym "Hermann Puterschein," this was the first stenciled book by Dwiggins, a technique he would use so often in book design and that so highly characterized his work. This book was named on one of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1929. Copy no. 371 of 540 printed on Aurelian laid paper by the Plimpton Press, signed by Puterschein. -- Agner No. 28.03, 1928 series 1box 1folder 1item 28.03
Waldman, Milton. America Conquers Death. New York: William Edwin Rudge. 1928. Typography and decorations by Dwiggins, including a four color title page in green, blue, and red with a black stenciled ornament. Copies of this book are scarce. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1929. -- Agner No. 28.12 (2 copies ), 1928 series 1box 1folder 1item 28.12
Walton, Izaak. The Complete Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation. Boston: C.E. Goodspeed & Co.. 1928. Decorations and binding by Dwiggins. 600 copies printed by D.B. Updike, The Merrymount Press, Boston, April, 1928. Head-piece illustrations or what Dwiggins called vignettes, are stipple style with color tints. -- Agner No. 28.13, 1928 series 1box 1folder 1item 28.13
Dwiggins, W.A. 22 Printers' Marks and Seals Designed or Redrawn. New York: William Edwin Rudge. 1929. Typography, illustrations, and binding by Dwiggins. Illustrations are in black and red; hand lettering throughout. Wonderful examples of WAD designs. Copy numbers 99 and 292 of 350 printed by Rudge. Both copies signed by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. 29.02 (2 copies ), 1929 series 1box 1folder 1item 29.02
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. New York: Random House. 1929. Typography, illustrations, binding, and slip case by Dwiggins. Illustrations printed on colored paper, as well as full page illustrations with red borders. Hand lettering display on title page, spine, and slip cover. Copy no. 393 of 1,200 printed on Strathmore charcoal paper by Pynson Printers, signed by Dwiggins. Included is a facsimile of an original leaf from the manuscript, handwritten by author. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1930. -- Agner No. 29.07, 1929 series 1box 1folder 1item 29.07
Daudet, Alphonse. Tartarin of Tarascon. (2 vols.) New York: Limited Editions Club. 1930. Typography, illustrations, binding, and slipcase by Dwiggins. This is the ninth LEC book, and the first of nine LEC books designed by Dwiggins. Dwiggins called the text, as translated by Le Clercq, "a gorgeous job . I am very much stimulated!" Copy no. 498 of 1,500 printed on Praga handmade paper by the Georgian Press. -- Agner No. 30.01, 1930 series 1box 1folder 1item 30.01
Dwiggins, W.A. Form Letters: Illustrator to Author. New York: William Edwin Rudge. 1930. Typography, decorations and binding by Dwiggins. This book contains a series of three form letters from illustrator to author which endeavor, with Dwiggins' subtle wit, to describe "the proper function of illustration and the relation between pictures and text." Copy no. 168 and an unnumbered copy of 250 printed on Worthy Dacian paper by Rudge, both signed by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. 30.03 (2 copies), 1933 series 1box 1folder 1item 30.03
Hollister, Paul (ed.). American Alphabets. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1930. 1st. Edition. Cover, dust-wrapper, back-bone, and the title page by Dwiggins. Includes alphabets drawn or designed by Dwiggins. One copy has dust jacket; both are first editions. -- Agner No. 30.04 (2 copies ), 1935 series 1box 1folder 1item 30.04
Poe, Edgar Allan. Tales. Chicago: The Lakeside Press. 1930. Typography, decorations, illustrations, binding, and slipcase (not included with this book) by Dwiggins. He said to Dorothy Abbe that "this was the first chance I had to design a book without one eye on the market." One of the books in "The Four American Books" campaign initiated by R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company in 1925. These books were the result of an effort to improve American book production standards by demonstrating that large scale machinery could produce books that gave the impression they were printed by a hand press. One of 1,000 copies printed on A.W. Rag paper by R.R. Donnelley & Sons. -- Agner No. 30.09, 1935 series 1box 1folder 1item 30.09
Rose, R. Selden. Wine Making for the Amateur. New York: Bacchus Club. 1930. Illustrations by Dwiggins. Typography by C.P. Rollins. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1931. Copy no. 93 of 515 printed by Rollins. -- Agner No. 30.1, 1935 series 1box 1folder 1item 30.1
Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. New York: Woolly Whale. 1930. Dwiggins designed and drew the illustrations on the title page and five initial letters within, all printed in red. Ornaments stamped in gold on spine also designed by Dwiggins. Copy no. 200 of 200 printed for private distribution. -- Agner No. 30.13, 1935 series 1box 1folder 1item 30.13
Hausmann, Manfred. Salute to Heaven. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1931. Binding by Dwiggins. Missing from the collection. -- Agner No. 31.03, 1936 series 1box 1folder 1item 31.03
Wells, H.G. The Time Machine. New York: Random House. 1931. Preface by the author written for this edition. Typography, illustrations, and binding by Dwiggins. The illustration are beautiful examples of Dwiggins' stencil style, in varying colors. The double title page spread in blue, gold, and purple is especially memorable, as are the other double-page illustrations. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1932. Copy no. 1145 of 1,200 printed at the Abbey Press. -- Agner No. 31.07 (2 copies ), 1936 series 1box 1folder 1item 31.07
Balzac, Honore. Droll Stories. New York: The Limited Editions Club. 1932. 3 volumes. Tyopgraphy, decoration, bindings, and slipcase by Dwiggins; one of his best works. There are different color binding papers for each volume in yellow, green, and orange, respectively. The second of nine Limited Editions books designed by Dwiggins. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1933. Copy no. 1347 of 1,500 printed on Worthy paper by the Southworth Press. -- Agner No. 32.01, 1936 series 1box 1folder 1item 32.01
Dwiggins, W.A. Towards a Reform of the Paper Currency, Particularly in Point of its Design. New York: The Limited Editions Club. 1932. Typography, illustrations, binding, and authored by Dwiggins. Copy no. 107 of 452 printed on Zerkall paper by Peter Bielenson at the Walpole Printing Office. This was the third of nine Limited Editions books designed by Dwiggins. This book is the quintessential expression of his esthetic philosophy of design and illustration. The illustrations are specimens of currency and stamps designed by Dwiggins from the "invented" county of Antipodes. -- Agner No. 32.02, 1936 series 1box 1folder 1item 32.02
Contemporary Title Pages. Brooklyn: Mergenthaler Linotype Co. 1932. Selection of 99 title pages from outstanding books composed in the Linotype, including three title pages designed by Dwiggins. These are: Treatise on the Gods, Tales, and Beau Brummell (which was one of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1931). Introductory note by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. [32.04], 1936 series 1box 1folder 1item 32.04
Applegate, Frank G. Native Tales of New Mexico. Philadelphia: J.P. Lippincott Co. 1932. Decoration on spine, cover, and dust jacket by Dwiggins. He also designed the head-pieces within; not acknowledged in book. -- Agner No. 32.05, 1930 series 1box 1folder 1item 32.05
The Travels of Marco Polo. Rochester, New York: The Printing House of Leo Hart. 1933. Typography, illustrations, binding, and slipcase by Dwiggins. Most notable is the title page in red and black, head-pieces, and marginal notes designed by Dwiggins. Beautiful double page spread multi-colored illustrations for the four books, or sections. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1934. -- Agner No. 33.03, 1930 series 1box 1folder 1item 33.03
Frost, Robert. The Lone Striker. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1933. Number 8 of the Borzoi Chap Books. Illustrations in stipple design by dwiggins on cover and title page. Number eight of the Borzoi Chap Books, printed at the Plimpton Press. Single poem, 8 pages, unnumbered. -- Agner No. 33.05, 1930 series 1box 1folder 1item 33.05
Benet, William Rose. A Bakers' Dozen of Emblemsand Electra. Brooklyn: Mergenthaler Linotype Co. 1935. Typography, illustrations and binding by Dwiggins. The illustrations, printed in color, each accompanied by a verse by Benet. Included are comments by WAD on the design of his new typeface, Electra. Three copies in cloth, one with red cover over boards. -- Agner No. 35.01 (4 copies ), 1930 series 1box 1folder 1item 35.01
The Colophon, New Series. New York: Pynson Printers. 1935. Vol.1 No.1. Typography, illustrations, ornaments, and head-pieces by Dwiggins, who was also a contributing editor to this series. Wonderful colophon written by Dwiggins: "The Colophonfinished in July, Mcmmxxxv - at sunset - on a hot day" This series of the Colophon was published in three volumes (twelve numbers) from 1935 to 1938. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1938 (Vol. II, No. 3). Dwiggins' Electra typeface was primarily used. -- Agner No. 35.03, 1930 series 1box 1folder 1item 35.03
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York: Heritage Press. 1935. Designed and illustrated by Dwiggins, and signed by him beneath the frontpiece. Full-page illustrations outlined with designs in various colors. -- Agner No. 35.07, 1931 series 1box 1folder 1item 35.07
Nathan, Robert. One More Spring. Stamford, CT: Overbrook Press. 1935. Typography, illustrations, binding, cover paper, and slipcase by Dwiggins. Agner comments on the "excellent stencil illustrations." The illustrations are used on the title page, as head pieces fro each of 17 chapters, and on the colophon. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1936. WAD inscribed to Dorothy Abbe: "I like it!" in a copy for her. -- Agner No. 35.08, 1931 series 1box 1folder 1item 35.08
Cather, Willa. Not Under Forty. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1936. Typography, binding and jacket by Dwiggins. The "body matter" and the page numbers were set in Dwiggins' new type, Electra. Dwiggins wrote in a Designer's Note that he designed the type and layout of the book to provide a hand-written quality to the pages and to make it more readable. Beautiful dust jacket design in orange, pink, teal, and red. Borzoi Book. -- Agner No. 36.01, 1932 series 1box 1folder 1item 36.01
Dreier, Thomas. The Power of Print-And Men. Brooklyn: Mergenthaler Linotype Co.. 1936. Typography, decorations, and binding by Dwiggins. Colophon is signed by Dwiggins. Written to commemorate the fifty years of Linotype's contribution to printing and publishing. Text is in Electra, designed by him. -- Agner No. 36.02, 1932 series 1box 1folder 1item 36.02
Nathan, Robert. The Enchanted Voyage. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1936. Typography, title page, and binding by Dwiggins. Third printing, September, 1936. Dwiggins is acknowledged as designer in colophon. Borzoi Book. -- Agner No. 36.08, 1932 series 1box 1folder 1item 36.08
Peter Piper's Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation. Brooklyn: Mergenthaler Linotype Co. 1936. This book was the 54th keepsake for the AIGA members. Conceived by Paul A. Bennett of the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, this book includes the product of the talents of 41 designers, illustrators, typographers, and printers. Three AIGA medalists are represented: Dwiggins, Bruce Rogers, and Carl Purington Rollins. There is a section for each letter of the alphabet, and Dwiggins contributed the "D" section called Davy Dolldrum. Most designs are in black and red. -- Agner No. 36.09, 1936 series 1box 1folder 1item 36.09
Rabelais, Francois. Gargantua and Pantagruel: The Five Books. New York: The Limited Editions Club. 1936. 5 vol. boxed set. Typography, illustrations, binding, and slipcase by Dwiggins. Illustrations are in multiple colors, done using stencils. Spine labels on each of the five volumes form a continuous illustration. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1937. This set is the fifth of nine LEC units designed by Dwiggins. Copy no. 667 of 1,500 printed on Worthy paper by the Southworth-Anthoensen Press, signed by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. 36.1, 1936 series 1box 1folder 1item 36.1
Richter, Conrad. Early Americana and Other Stories. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1936. 1st. Ed. Typography, binding, and dust jacket by Dwiggins. Illustrations on dust jacket and spine done possibly in stencil. Borzoi Book. -- Agner No. 36.11, 1936 series 1box 1folder 1item 36.11
Undsted, Sigrid. Gunnar's Daughter. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1936. Typography, title page decorations and illustrations, and binding by Dwiggins. Third printing. Distinctive calligraphy by Dwiggins on title page and spine. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1937. Borzoi Book. -- Agner No. 36.14, 1936 series 1box 1folder 1item 36.14
Van Doren, Carl (ed.). The Borzoi Reader. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1936. [Not part of the PGE Collection - Gift of Nina S. Faye]. Typography, binding, and dust jacket by Dwiggins. Agner remarks about the title page done in red and black: "very well done." The book is set in Dwiggins' Electra typeface. Dwiggins wanted to, as stated in the colophon, organize the diverse material (essays, short stories, plays, poetry, etc.) so that it would flow and "to have the pages radiate the festival color of the occasion." -- Agner No. 36.15, 1937 series 1box 1folder 1item 36.15
Wells, H.G. The Treasure of the Forest. New York: Press of the Woolly Whale. 1936. Typography, illustrations, decorations, and binding by dwiggins. One of 130 copies printed on handmade paper by the Press of the Woolly Whale. Six illustrations in the book were stencils done in multiple brilliant colors by Dwiggins, under the direction of Mwano Masassi (Dwiggins pseudonym), who also arranged the design of the type and ornaments. The colors were determined and mixed by Dr. Hermann Puterschein (another Dwiggins pseudonym). All three signed the colophon, among others. (See also File Box No. 1 for an advertisement and a letter about this book.) It was three years in the making. Each illustration is in pochoir or stencil, which required extensive hand color work, limiting the edition. -- Agner No. 36.16, 1937 series 1box 1folder 1item 36.16
Richter, Conrad. The Sea of Grass. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1937. 1st Ed. Typography, binding, and dust jacket by Dwiggins. Borzoi Book. -- Agner No. 37.11, 1937 series 1box 1folder 1item 37.11
Undstet, Sigrid. The Faithful Wife. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1937. Typography, decorations, and binding by Dwiggins. First American edition. Dwiggins, in the colophon, states that "the text must be left absolutely free and unhindered" and the art work should "lubricate the text,not come between the text and the reader." His designs are carefully chosen to do this. Borzoi Book. -- Agner No. 37.12, 1937 series 1box 1folder 1item 37.12
WAD: The Work of W.A. Dwiggins. New York: The American Insititute of Graphic Arts. 1937. Ornaments and binding by Dwiggins. Booklet of the exhibition of the work of WAD shown by the AIGA in 1937, to make the talents "of a great living artist" more widely known. 259 of his work were shown. Wonderful examples of Dwiggins designs. [Not part of the PGE Collection]: Second copy cataloged as SPC STK Z 276.A49. -- Agner No. 37.13 (2 copies ), 1937 series 1box 1folder 1item 37.13
Zola, Emile. Germinal. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1937. Binding design by Dwiggins. Tan cloth over boards with red design on cover and spine. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 37.15, 1938 series 1box 1folder 1item 37.15
Linotype Decorative Material. Brooklyn: Mergenthaler Linotype Co. 1937. Comprehensive description of Linotype decorative materials. Some designed by Dwiggins, not labeled or acknowledged. -- Agner No. [37.16], 1938 series 1box 1folder 1item 37.16
Kracauer, Siegfried. Orpheus in Paris: Offenbach and the Paris of His Time. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1938. 1st American edition. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Gray cloth over boards, stamped in blue and green on spine and cover with decorations in green. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 38.06, 1938 series 1box 1folder 1item 38.06
Nathan, Robert. Winter in April. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1938. 1st Ed. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Full-page illustration following dedication page, done in black. Gray cloth over boards, decorated in dark blue and white on spine and cover. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 38.12, 1939 series 1box 1folder 1item 38.12
Sillanpaa, F.E. Meek Heritage. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1938. Typography and designs on title page and chapter headings by Dwiggins. First American edition. Tan cloth over boards with brown decorations on spine and cover. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 38.17, 1939 series 1box 1folder 1item 38.17
Dwiggins, W. A. Caledonia: A New Printing Type Designed for Mergenthaler Linotype Company by W.A. Dwiggins. Brooklyn: Mergenthaler Linotype Co. 1939. Typography and designs by Dwiggins. Three copies have pink wrapper and one bound in blue paper over boards (fifth copy is missing?). "Interesting text," as noted by Agner. Introduces Dwiggins Linotype Caledonia type, perhaps his best known, still widely used today. Includes a note by Dwiggins on the development of the type and a letter by Dr. Hermann Puterschein (Dwiggins pseudonym) on the designer. -- Agner No. 39.02 (5 copies ), 1939 series 1box 1folder 1item 39.02
Dwiggins, W. A. Marionette in Motion. Detroit: Puppetry Imprints. 1939. Calligraphy, illustrations,and dust jacket by Dwiggins. Handlettered throughout, with light rules box on all pages, including blanks. One of AIGA Fifty Books, 1940. Dwiggins began to construct marionettes in 1930,which became another creative outlet for him. His amazing and beautiful marionettes were characterized in plays he directed in part of his studio in Hingham. By 1939, he devised a "far more refined method of construction" as presented in this book (as noted by Abbe). -- Agner No. 39.03, 1939 series 1box 1folder 1item 39.03
Ernst, Margaret S. and James Thurber (illustrator). In A Word. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1939. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Beige cloth over boards, green and blue illustrations stamped on cover and spine. Agner notes that "open type page goes well with [Thurber's] light drawings." Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 39.04, 1939 series 1box 1folder 1item 39.04
Ingram, Rex. Mars in the House of Death. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1939. 1st Ed. Typography, binding, and dust jacket by Dwiggins. Red cloth over boards with stamped illustrations, type and lettering in black on cover and binding. Borzoi Books. [Glossary is missing]. Typeface is Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. 39.06, 1939 series 1box 1folder 1item 39.06
Mare, Walter de la. Behold, This Dreamer! New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1939. Binding design by Dwiggins. Gray cloth over boards; illustrations, lettering, and type stamped in red and lavender on spine and cover. Borzoi Books. Typeface is Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. 39.07, 1932 series 1box 1folder 1item 39.07
Walker, Franklin. San Francisco's Literary Frontier. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1939. Dust jacket designed by Dwiggins (not acknowledged). Hand lettering, type, and illustrations in black and red on light tan background. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 39.09, 1933 series 1box 1folder 1item 39.09
Alfred A. Knopf: Quarter Century. New York: privately printed. 1940. Typography, binding, and slipcase by Dwiggins. Spine and cover labels in ivory, printed type and illustrations in blue. Green buckram over boards. Series of essays praising Alfred A. Knopf, a tribute to a quarter of a century of publishing and to raising the standards of trade book publishing. -- Agner No. 40.01, 1940 series 1box 1folder 1item 40.01
Dwiggins, W.A. WAD to RR: A Letter About Designing Type. Cambridge: Harvard College Library. 1940. Calligraphy, illustrations, binding,slipcase, and authored by Dwiggins. Cover and slipcase labels in ivory,printed in red and black, positioned in upper left-hand corner. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1942. Included are a prospectus, three page letter by WAD on lettering,and a review clipping. This brochure is a hand-written letter from Dwiggins to Rudulph Ruzicka, a distinguished American designer and book illustrator, on the subject of type design. Dwiggins wrote to Dorothy Abbe about this book: "Singular book - all about making type, and yet there isn't a bit of type used in making it". -- Agner No. 40.05, 1940 series 1box 1folder 1item 40.05
Lindsay, Howard and Russel Crouse. Life with Father Made into a Play. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1940. Typography and cover by Dwiggins. Purple cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine, which includes illustrations, hand lettering, and type. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 40.06, 1940 series 1box 1folder 1item 40.06
Richter, Conrad. The Trees. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1940. Typography and cover by Dwiggins. Binding was adapted from Dwiggins' design from Conrad Richter's "The Sea of Grass." Blue cloth over boards with hand-lettering in red and illustrations in purple stamped on cover and spine. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 40.09, 1940 series 1box 1folder 1item 40.09
Nathan, Robert. A Winter Tale: Sonnets and Poems. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1940. 1st Ed. Typography and binding are based on designs by Dwiggins. Navy blue cloth over boards with illustrations, type, and hand-lettering stamped in gold on cover and spine. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [40.12], 1940 series 1box 1folder 1item 40.12
Ruzicka, Rudolph. Fairfield; new linotype face designed by Ruzicka. Brooklyn, NY: Mergenthaler Linotype Co. 1940. [Not part of PGE Collection] Essay by Dwiggins on the work of Ruzicka, including the introduction of Ruzicka's new typeface, Fairfield. Borzoi Books. Cataloged as SPC STK Z 250.R96 -- Agner No. [40.13], 1940 series 1box 1folder 1item 40.13
Benson, Stella. The Far-Away Bride. New York: The Press of the Readers Club. 1941. Typography, binding, title page, and dust jacket by Dwiggins. Orange cloth over boards, stamped in gray on spine and cover. Typeface is Electra, designed by Dwiggins. Dwiggins designed this book for members of The Readers Club. -- Agner No. 41.02 (2 copies), 1941 series 1box 1folder 1item 41.02
Dwiggins, W.A. A Technique for Dealing with Artists. New York: Press of the Woolly Whale. 1941. Typography, illustrations, decorations, binding, and authored by Dwiggins. Two copies sewn without covers. Printed in black and maroon, saddle sewn, with self cover. Set in Dwiggins' Electra type in special cursive italic. Dwiggins undertakes to "provide the clue" for how merchants-manufacturers can work with artists by better understanding their mental processes. 954 copies printed. -- Agner No. 41.07 (2 copies), 1941 series 1box 1folder 1item 41.07
Phillips, John. The Bomb that Wouldn't Go and Other Fables from Moronia. Boston: Bruce Humphries, Inc. 1941. Typography, illustrations, binding, and dust jacket by Dwiggins. Pink decorated paper over boards; yellow cloth spine stamped in black with author's hyphenated name in typical Dwiggins' liberal fashion. Dwiggins' Caledonia typeface used. Playful series of twenty-one fables satirizing the role of machines in society at that time. Dwiggins caught the foolishness of these tales in humorous illustrations. -- Agner No. 41.17, 1941 series 1box 1folder 1item 41.17
Plutrach. The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans. New York: The Limited Editions Club. 1941. 8 volumes boxed. Typography, decorations, and binding by Dwiggins. Copy no. 1,448 of 1,599 signed by WAD. Blue cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine. Sixth of nine LEC Books designed by Dwiggins. Beautiful multi-colored illustrations on double title page spreads in all volumes. Heading printed in black with two colors, different for each volume. Side notes designed by WAD. Dwiggins wrote to Dorothy Abbe that the "2 color heads should have been more brilliant." -- Agner No. 41.18, 1941 series 1box 1folder 1item 41.18
Percy, William Alexander. Lanterns on the Levee. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1941. Title Page and binding based on designs by Dwiggins. Caledonia typeface used, also designed by WAD. Navy blue cloth over boards, spine stamped in gold with distinctive lettering and stencils by WAD. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 41.26, 1941 series 1box 1folder 1item 41.26
Nathan, Robert. The Sea-Gull Cry. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1942. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Agner notes that there is "interestingpictorial stamping on cover, and type ornament 'picture' in title page." Chartreuse cloth over boards, stamped in blue on spine and cover. Borzoi Books. Set in Dwiggins' Electra type. [Note: second copy not a part of the PGE Collection] -- Agner No. 42.08 (2 copies), 1942 series 1box 1folder 1item 42.08
Hunter, Dard. Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1943. 1st ed. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Set in Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. Green cloth over boards, stamped in blue on spine and cover. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1944. Borzoi Books. Still in print today (without Dwiggins' designs); quintessential text on papermaking. [Not part of the PGE Collection] Second edition, revised and enlarged, printed from new plates, 1947. Borzoi Books. SPC STK (MD REF) TS 1090.H816 1947 -- Agner No. 43.08, 1943 series 1box 1folder 1item 43.08
Nathan, Robert. But Gently Day. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1943. 1st ed. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Green cloth over boards, stamped in dark blue on spine and cover. Borzoi Books. Set in Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. 43.16, 1943 series 1box 1folder 1item 43.16
Richter, Conrad. The Free Man. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1943. [Not part of the PGE Collection] Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Beige cloth over boards stamped in brown on spine and cover. Borzoi Books. In General Collection PZ 3. R147Fr. -- Agner No. 43.21, 1943 series 1box 1folder 1item 43.21
Donath, Stanley. The Lord is a Man of War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1944. 1st ed. [Not part of the PGE Collection - Gift of Nina S. Faye]; Typography and binding by Dwiggins.Magenta cloth over boards,stamped in gold on spine. Wonderful blind stamped illustration on cover. Borzoi Books. Type set in Caledonia,designed by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. 44.08, 1944 series 1box 1folder 1item 44.08
Harcourt-Smith, Simon. Cardinal of Spain: The Life and Strange Career of Alberoni. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1944. 1st American ed. Typography, dust jacket, and binding by Dwiggins. Rust cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine and cover. Dust jacket explains paper shortages during WWII and its impact on publishing Knopf books. -- Agner No. 44.13, 1944 series 1box 1folder 1item 44.13
Hersey, John. A Bell for Adano. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1944. Typography, dust jacket, and binding by Dwiggins. Set in Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. Yellow cloth over boards, stamped in red on spine and cover. There is a distinctive Dwiggins design of a bell on spine done in stencil. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 44.14, 1944 series 1box 1folder 1item 44.14
Hinkson, Pamela. Golden Rose. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1944. 1st American ed. [Not part of the PGE Collection - Gift of Nina S. Faye]; Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Green cloth over boards stamped in gold on cover and spine. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 44.16, 1944 series 1box 1folder 1item 44.16
Literature in American Education. Baltimore: Enoch Pratt Free Library. 1944. [Not part of the PGE Collection - Gift of Nina S. Faye]; Design and drawings by Dwiggins. Brochure in a yellow wrapper. Framed illustrations in black and white. -- Agner No. 44.19, 1944 series 1box 1folder 1item 44.19
Sypherd, Wilbur Owen. The Book of Books. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1944. 1st ed. Typography, decorations, illustrations, binding, and dust jacket by Dwiggins. Blue cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine and cover, with lovely illustration of flower on cover. Set in Caledonia, a type designed by Dwiggins. Beautiful three-color title pages in black, red, and blue; book done in two column format with pictorial initial letters. Maps also designed by Dwiggins. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1945. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 44.23, 1944 series 1box 1folder 1item 44.23
Dwiggins, W.A. Millennium 1. New York: Alfred Knopf. 1945. 1st ed. Tyopgraphy, illustrations, binding, dust jacket, and authored by Dwiggins. Set in Electra, a type designed by Dwiggins. Light gray-blue cloth over boards, stamped in brown on spine and cover. Borzoi Books, first printing, one of 1,750 copies. Illustrations, printed in blue, grouped at the front of the book, as noted by Agner. This is a play about man pitted against machine, which Dwiggins also created four marionettes depicting various characters (although he did not show the play with them). -- Agner No. 45.06, 1945 series 1box 1folder 1item 45.06
Mansfield, Katherine. The Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1945. Decorations, bindings, and overall design by Dwiggins. Light blue cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine. Borzoi Books. Dust jacket in fragile condition, shows Dwiggins illustrations and decorations in gold on ecru background. -- Agner No. [45.27], 1945 series 1box 1folder 1item 45.27
Allen, John Edward. Bull Dogs and Morning Gloves. Brooklyn: Mergenthaler Linotype Co. 1945. Decorations designed by Dwiggins for Linotype from the Caravan Series. These are eight designs in various colors of abstract florets. Shown at the beginning of the verses, enlarged and printed from line engravings. Decorated cover page in light orange with red decorations. -- Agner No. [45.28], 1945 series 1box 1folder 1item 45.28
Dwiggins, W.A. The Structure of a Book. 1945. Typophile Monograph XV. Text originally written in 1927 see [27.06]. [Not part of the PGE Collection]; Decorations, typography and authored by Dwiggins. Set in Caledonia, Electra, and Metro, all designed by Dwiggins. Reprint of essay by Dwiggins, published in 1927 as an introduction to "Fifty Books, exhibited by the Institute, 1926" (see [27.06]) with minor revisions by the Typophiles. Title page decoration in gold and rust; green wrapper stapled to pages. -- Agner No. [45.29], 1945 series 1box 1folder 1item 45.29
Booth, Edward Townsend. God Made the Country. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1946. 1st ed. Typography, decorations, and binding by Dwiggins. Light brown cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine and cover. Typeface is Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. Agner notes that the "pen and ink chapter decorations resemble woodcuts." The illustrations, or vignettes, are delightful. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 46.04, 1946 series 1box 1folder 1item 46.04
Hergesheimer, Joseph. Java Head. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1946. Typography, decorations, binding, and dust jacket by Dwiggins. Red-orange cloth over boards with decorations, hand-lettering, and typeface stamped in gold on spine and cover. Dust jacket is a pale green, with illustration done in dark blue on cover. Agner notes "excellent two-color ornaments adapted from Jean Agner notes "excellent two color ornaments adapted from Jean Pillement," shown on a full page for each chapter. Borzoi Books. This was a special job for Alfred Knopf. -- Agner No. 46.07, 1946 series 1box 1folder 1item 46.07
Laxness, Halldor. Independent People: An Epic. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1946. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Dark blue cloth over boards, decorations and typeface stamped in gold on spine and cover. Typeface is Caledonia,designed by Dwiggins. [Note: second copy not a part of the PGE Collection-gift of Nina S. Faye]. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 46.08 (2 copies ), 1946 series 1box 1folder 1item 46.08
Mathers, Powys (trans.). Love Songs of Asia. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1946. Typography, decorations, and binding by Dwiggins. Grey-green cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine and cover. Lovely illustration on cover. Typeface is Electra, designed by Dwiggins. Dwiggins designed the ornaments with "a new feeling," although he was not happy with the manufacutre of the book and the effect on them. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 46.09, 1946 series 1box 1folder 1item 46.09
Dwiggins, W.A. Mss. by WAD. New York: The Typophiles. 1947. Typophile Chapbooks no. XVII. Typography, illustrations, decorations, binding, and authored by Dwiggins. Copy in PGE collection has a white jacket with hand lettering by WAD:MSS by WAD no. 17. Second copy does not have cover, but does have a Dwiggins bookplate. Described on title page as "being a collection of the writings of Dwiggins on various subjects... Some critical, some philosophical, some whimsical." Good source form essays and excerpts by Dwiggins if original writings cannot be located. Blue cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine and cover. [Note: not a part of the PGE Collection]: Second copy cataloged as SPEC COLL Z1005.D85 -- Agner No. 47.04 (2 copies), 1947 series 1box 1folder 1item 47.04
The History of Susanna. New York: Archway Press. 1947. Calligraphy,ornaments, illustrations,binding, and slipcase by Dwiggins. Turquoise frame of decorations surrounds each hand-lettered page, illustrations, and other decorations. Illustrations are in pen and ink. Gray cloth over boards, stamped in green on spine and cover. -- Agner No. 47.08, 1947 series 1box 1folder 1item 47.08
Nathan, Robert. Mr. Whittle and the Morning Star. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1947. 1st ed. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Gray cloth over boards, stamped in blue on spine and cover. Title broken by WAD in his typical style: Mr. Whit - Tle and the Morn - ing Star. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 47.13, 1948 series 1box 1folder 1item 47.13
[Dwiggins, W.A.]. The War Against Waak. Hingham, Mass.: Puterschein-Hingham. 1948. Illustrations, binding, and authored by Dwiggins. 194 copies printed and bound by Dorothy Abbe. Typography designed by Abbe. Might be the first published work of the Puterschein-Hingham Press, which began a 10 year association between the WAD and Abbe. Includes prospectus. Twelve designs by WAD- five pen and ink and seven silk-screened directly from Dwiggins colored stencils. -- Agner No. 48.03, 1948 series 1box 1folder 1item 48.03
Gibbons, Robert. The Patchwork Time. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1948. [Not part of the PGE Collection]; Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Typeface is Electra, designed by Dwiggins. Gray cloth over boards, stamped in dark rose on spine and cover. Very distinct stenciled Dwiggins decorations on spine. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 48.04, 1948 series 1box 1folder 1item 48.04
Monsarrat, Nicholas. Depends What You Mean Love. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1948. 1st ed. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Green cloth over boards, stamped in blue on spine and cover. Decoration by Dwiggins also on spine. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 48.09, 1948 series 1box 1folder 1item 48.09
Swift, Jonathan. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World of Lemuel Gulliver. Mount Vernon, NY: The Peter Pauper Press. 1948. Typography, illustrations, decorations, binding, and slipcase by Dwiggins. Typeface is Electra, designed by Dwiggins. Decorated gray paper pasted over boards. Blue cloth stamped in gold on spine. Large decorated initials within text in magenta and full-page pen and ink drawings tinted in green. There are also magenta decorations throughout text. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1949. -- Agner No. 48.12, 1948 series 1box 1folder 1item 48.12
Benton, Walter. Never a Greater Need. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1948. Typography, title page, and binding based on designs by Dwiggins. Title page printed in blue and black, with stenciled illustration in blue, surrounded by black pen and ink drawings. Pink cloth over boards, stamped in blue. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [48.13], 1948 series 1box 1folder 1item 48.13
Cather, Willa. The Old Beauty and Others. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1948. 1st ed. Typography, binding, and dust jacket based on designs by Dwiggins. Dust jacket design is the same design used for "Not Under Forty" (see 36.01). Typeface is Electra, designed by Dwiggins. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [48.14] (2 copies ), 1948 series 1box 1folder 1item 48.14
Dwiggins, W.A. Layout in Advertising. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1948. Revised ed. Revised edition of earlier work (see 28.02), which reflects changes in technology, not his principles. Binding is black cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine. Both copies in PGE collection have dust jackets; decoration on jacket and spine are based on original design by Dwiggins. [Not part of the PGE Collection]; Third copy cataloged as SPC STK HF 5825.D87. -- Agner No. [48.15] (3 copies), 1949 series 1box 1folder 1item 48.15
Eckhardt, Hans von. Ivan the Terrible. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1949. Typography, decorations, and binding by Dwiggins. Typeface is Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. Red cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine and cover, including stenciled decorations by Dwiggins. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 49.04, 1949 series 1box 1folder 1item 49.04
Knopf, Alfred. Some Random Recollections. (Typophiles Chapbook XXII) New York: The Typophiles. 1949. Typography, decorations, and binding by Dwiggins. Typeface is Arcadia, designed by Dwiggins; first book set in this type. Wonderful designs of Borzoi dog at the end, many by WAD. Two of 1,250 copies printed and bound by Plimpton Press. This is a transcription of an informal talk at The Grolier Club on October 21, 1948, about Knopf's publishing experiences. Included is a discussion of his relationship over the years with Dwiggins. -- Agner No. 49.06 (2 copies ), 1949 series 1box 1folder 1item 49.06
Winslow, Ann Goodwin. It Was Like This. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1949. 1st ed. Binding design by Dwiggins. Green decorated paper over boards; illustration in purple on cover; type in purple on spine. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [49.15], 1949 series 1box 1folder 1item 49.15
Cather, Willa. On Writing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1949. 1st ed. Typography, decorations, and binding based on designs by Dwiggins. Green cloth over boards, stamped in black on spine and cover. Typeface is Electra, designed by Dwiggins. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [49.16], 1950 series 1box 1folder 1item 49.16
Chew, Samuel C. (ed.). Fruit Among the Leaves. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc.. 1950. Typography, binding, and slip case by Dwiggins. Typeface is Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. Green cloth over boards, stamped in black and gold on spine. Illustration in gold on spine. -- Agner No. 50.01, 1950 series 1box 1folder 1item 50.01
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. New York: The Limited Editions Club. 1950. 8 vols. I, II, III. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Copy no. 679 of 1,500 printed by the Walpole Printing Office. Adventures is the first three volume set in this series; there are five other volumes: "Later Adventures" (V. I-III, 1951) and "Final Adventures" (V. I-II, 1952). The eighth of nine LEC units designed by Dwiggins. Brown decorated paper over boards; black cloth spine stamped in gold. Black cameo portrait of Holmes inlaid on covers. -- Agner No. 50.03, 1950 series 1box 1folder 1item 50.03
[Dwiggins, W.A.]. The Glistening Hill. Hingham, Mass.: Puterschein-Hingham. 1950. Illustrations and binding by Dwiggins. Another collaboration between Dorothy Abbe, who printed and bound the book, and Dwiggins. Dark pink wrapper over boards with pasted silver label printed in red that wraps around the spine and front cover. Handset in Winchester,a typeface designed by Dwiggins. Wonderful pen and ink drawings in black and white and various colors. In original mailing box with mailing label addressed by Dwiggins with presentation stencil on fly leaf of the Press of the Little Red Hen. -- Agner No. 50.04, 1950 series 1box 1folder 1item 50.04
Hersey, John. The Wall. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1950. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Typeface is Electra, designed by Dwiggins. Green cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine. Blind stamp illustration by Dwiggins on cover. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 50.07, 1950 series 1box 1folder 1item 50.07
Kneale, Nigel. Tomato Cain and Other Stories. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1950. Typography, designs, and binding by Dwiggins. Yellow-green cloth over boards. Stamped in black with lavender designs on spine and cover. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 50.09, 1950 series 1box 1folder 1item 50.09
Richter, Conrad. The Town. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1950. 1st ed. Typography, decorations, and binding based on designs by Dwiggins. Third in a trilogy. Red cloth over boards, stamped in dark blue and gray on spine and cover. Dwiggins also did designs for the first and second books in the Richter trilogy, "The Trees" (see 40.09), and "The Fields" (46.14 - not in collection). He wanted to develop a style for the Richter books. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [50.20], 1951 series 1box 1folder 1item 50.2
Ernst, Margaret S. More About Words. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1951. 1st ed. Typography, illustrations, and binding by Dwiggins. Typeface is Electra, designed by Dwiggins. Salmon cloth over boards, stamped in black and red on spine, black on cover. Delightful monoline illustrations for each word. One of the AIGA Fifty Books, 1952. Dwiggins described this book to Dorothy Abbe as "pure fun. A glass pen riot." Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 51.05, 1951 series 1box 1folder 1item 51.05
Keats, John. To Autumn. Hingham, Mass.: Puterschein-Hingham. 1951. Calligraphy, title page drawing, and binding by Dwiggins. Hand lettered throughout. Another collaboration with Dorothy Abbe; printed from a photoengraving by her. Sewn with yellow string into a green wrapper printed in yellow. -- Agner No. 51.08, 1951 series 1box 1folder 1item 51.08
Nathan, Robert. The Innocent Eve. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1951. 1st ed. Typography and binding based on designs by Dwiggins. Purple decorated paper over boards; ivory label pasted on spine printed in black. Typeface is Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [51.17], 1951 series 1box 1folder 1item 51.17
Laurence, William L. The Hell Bomb. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1951. Typography by Dwiggins. Typeface is Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. Binding design by Dwiggins (not acknowledged). Orange cloth over boards, stamped in purple on spine and cover. Cover designs depicts Dwiggins' concerns about the hydrogen bomb, showing a bomb exploding over a city where buildings are toppling. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [51.18], 1951 series 1box 1folder 1item 51.18
Coppard, A.E. The Collected Tales of A.E. Coppard. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1951. [Not part of the PGE Collection - gift of Nina S. Faye]; Based on original designs by Dwiggins. Green cloth over boards stamped in gold on spine. Dwiggins' designs are on the cover. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [51.19], 1952 series 1box 1folder 1item 51.19
Hewlett, Dorothy. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1952. Typography and binding by Dwiggins. Typeface is Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. Turquoise cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine and cover. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. 52.08, 1952 series 1box 1folder 1item 52.08
Williams, T. Harry. Lincoln and his Generals. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1952. [Not a part of the PGE Collection - gift of Nina S. Faye]; Typography and binding based on designs by Dwiggins. Red cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [52.13], 1953 series 1box 1folder 1item 52.13
Olmsted, Frederick Law. The Cotton Kingdom. -- Agner No. 53.15, 1953 series 1box 1folder 1item 53.15
Hastings, Macdonald. Cork in Bottle. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1953. 1st American edition. Binding design by Dwiggins. Decorated ivory paper with orange designs over boards. Blue design on cover and spine by Dwiggins. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [53.17], 1955 series 1box 1folder 1item 53.17
Carrighan, Sally. Ice Bound Summer. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1953. Typography based on design by Dwiggins. These designs are on the front cover as a blind stamp and on the spine in gold. Green cloth over boards. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [53.18], 1955 series 1box 1folder 1item 53.18
Meredith, George. The Shaving of Shagpat. New York: The Limited Editions Club. 1955. Typography, binding, decorations, and slipcase by Dwiggins. Copy no. 842 of 1,500 printed by the George Grady Press, signed by illustrator Honore Guilbeau. Marbled paper over boards, black leather spine, stamped in gold. Black slipcase, printed in gold on spine. Agner notes that "decorative elements almost identical to "The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan." The ninth and last LEC edition designed by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. 55.05, 1955 series 1box 1folder 1item 55.05
de Terra, Helmut. Humboldt. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1955. Typography and binding design based on originals by Dwiggins. Set in Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. Red cloth over boards, stamped in gold on spine. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [55.11], 1957 series 1box 1folder 1item 55.11
O For a Booke. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Graphic Arts Forum. 1955. Copy no. 98 of 150 printed as keepsakes for the Philadelphia opening of the American Institute of Graphic Art's (AIGA) "Fifty Books of the Year 1954." With comment by Dwiggins, included with others, on the short life of trade books. -- Agner No. [55.12], 1958 series 1box 1folder 1item 55.12
Richter, Conrad. The Lady. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1957. 1st ed. Typography, binding, and jacket based on design by Dwiggins. Green cloth stamped in maroon and purple on cover and spine. Maroon and green illustrated jacket. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [57.01], 1959 series 1box 1folder 1item 57.01
"In Memory of William A. Dwiggins." Typographer vol. XIX, no. 1 Spring 1958 Rochester, New York: Rochester Institute of Technology. 1958. The staff of Typographer dedicated this issue in tribute to Dwiggins, who, they felt, did so much to advance outstanding printing design in his lifetime. Dwiggins had passed away two years earlier, in 1956. Contributors include Paul Hollister, Paul Bennett Warren Chappell, Norman Kent, Carl Purington Rollins, and others. Typeface is Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. [58.01], 1960 series 1box 1folder 1item 58.01
Bok, Curtis. Star Wormwood. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1959. Typography and jacket based on designs by Dwiggins. Typeface is Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. Jacket is yellow paper printed in purple and blue, with an illustration by Dwiggins in purple on the front. Borzoi Book. -- Agner No. [59.01], 1961 series 1box 1folder 1item 59.01
Postscripts on Dwiggins. 2 vols.: XXXV, XXXVI of the Typophile Chap Books Series. 1960. This boxed two volume set includes essays and reflections on Dwiggins from a number of friends and professional associates, including Dorothy Abbe, Paul A. Bennett, Mabel H. Dwiggins, Alfred A.Knopf, Carl Purington Rollins, and Rudolph Ruzicka. Wonderful photographs of Dwiggins taken while he was working in his studio, carving marionettes, and at exhibitions of his work. V.1 includes a section of speciments of his work, in color, giving an excellent cross-section of his designs. In V.2, there is a selective checklist by Dorothy Abbe and Rollo G. Silver that includes comments by Dwiggins that he inscribed in some of the books given to Abbe. Overall, a very informative, amusing, and enlightening text on Dwiggins; very useful for a Dwiggins admirer or researcher of Dwigginsiana. -- Agner No. [60.01], 1966 series 1box 1folder 1item 60.01
Nathan, Robert. The Wilderness Stone. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1961. 1st ed. Typography and binding based on designs by Dwiggins. Typeface is Caledonia, designed by Dwiggins. Signed by author. Brown paper over boards, blind stamp illustration by Dwiggins on cover. Borzoi Books. -- Agner No. [61.01], 1966 series 1box 1folder 1item 61.01
Richter, Conrad. The Awakening Land. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1966. Typography, binding, and jacket designed by Warren Chappell. Borzoi Book. -- Agner No. [66.01], 1971 series 1box 1folder 1item 66.01
Richter, Conrad. A Country of Strangers. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1966. Typography and binding based on designs by Dwiggins. Green cloth over boards, stamped in blue and maroon on spine and cover. Borzoi Book. -- Agner No. [66.02], 1976 series 1box 1folder 1item 66.02
Richter, Conrad. The Free Man. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1971. Typography and binding designed by Dwiggins. Reprint of 1943 edition (see 43.21). Ecru cloth over boards, stamped in brown on cover and spine. Dust jacket designed by Warren Chappell. Borzoi Book. -- Agner No. [71.01], 1978 series 1box 1folder 1item 71.01
Dwiggins, W.A. Marionette in Motion. Boston: Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston. 1976. [Not part of the PGE Collection]; Reprint of [39.03], cataloged as SPC STK PN 1970.D95 1976, Remley Collection. Pamphlet stapled on spine. Includes an appendix of seven drawings originally used as illustrations for Dwiggins' article, "Counterbalanced Marionettes," in Puppetry, Detroit, 1935. Brief description of Dwiggins foray into marionette production. -- Agner No. [76.01], 1979 series 1box 1folder 1item 76.01
Shimer, Florence. Twelve Poems. Hingham, Mass.: Puterschein-Hingham. 1978. Set in Linotype "Winchester," designed by Dwiggins. Printed by Dorothy Abbe at The Press of the Little Red Hen. Includes title page design by Dwiggins. Green paper folded over boards, pasted label over spine. -- Agner No. [78.01], 1980 series 1box 1folder 1item 78.01
Abbe, Dorothy (comp.). Stenciled Ornament and Illustration. Hingham, Mass.: Puterschein-Hingham. 1979. This details Dwiggins' methods of book decoration and other uses of stencil. Includes a note by Dwiggins,written a few years before his death. Abbe wrote the supplementary technical details and annotates the different types of stencil and pochoir created by Dwiggins. Also includes many wonderful stencil designs (in black and white only), each noted and described at the end of the book. Excellent photographs of the stencil process and equipment. The book provides real insight into Dwiggins' creative process. -- Agner No. [79.01], 1982 series 1box 1folder 1item 79.01
A Tribute to William Addison Dwiggins, 1880-1956, on the Hundredth Anniversary of his Birth. New York: privately printed for the Friends of Hermann Puterschein at the Inkwell Press. 1980. Collection of essay about Dwiggins, also includes a letter from Dwiggins to Knopf in "Color for Bookbindings." Includes essays by Dorothy Abbe, Warren Chappell, Dwight Agner, Paul Shaw, and others. Latter half of the book contains many specimens, title pages, decorations, and dust jackets that Dwiggins designed. Unfortunately, they are not annotated or described. 500 copies of the book were printed. Typeface is Electra, designed by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. [80.01], 1987 series 1box 1folder 1item 80.01
Agner, Dwight. Father Catich's Visit with Bill Dwiggins. Athens, Georgia: The Press of the Night Owl. 1982. Copy numbers 150, 174, and 232 of 300 printed on Frankfurt Cream paper. Text is handset in Joanna-a typeface designed by Eric Gill. Blue paper covers. Includes excerpts of correspondence between C.H. Griffith of Mergenthaler Linotype and Dwiggins concerning Dwiggins' acquaintance with Father Catich, an authority on early lettering techniques. Dwiggins had studied Roman lettering techniques (see MSS by WAD [47.04], "The Shapes of Roman Letters" [1919]). -- Agner No. [82.01] (3 copies ), 1982 series 1box 1folder 1item 82.01
Abbe, Dorothy. William Addison Dwiggins: an Essay by Dorothy Abbe. San Francisco, California: Pacific Center for the Book Arts. 1987. Essay in tribute to Dwiggins. Abbe reviews his life, from his advertising days to his book designs for Knopf. She provides many insights into his creativity, outlook, and personality. As Dwiggins once said: "It was a grand adventure. I am content." Typeface is Electra, designed by Dwiggins. -- Agner No. [87.01] (2 copies ), 1987 series 1box 1folder 1item 87.01
Side of the Angels? -- Agner No. , 1947 series 1box 1folder 1item 999

Series 2: Ephemera, 1913-1990 (37 items)

This series contains 37 pieces of ephemera related to William Addison Dwiggins, such as brochures and postcards, specimen pages from books designed by Dwiggins, correspondence, and other materials relating to Dwiggins' life and work.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Ephemera, 1913-1990 series 2box 1folder 1
The Vigor, Novelty, and Grace of W.A. Dwiggins: An exhibition celebrating the donation by Patricia Goldsmith England of her collection of the works of WAD to the University of Maryland College Park Library. November 14-December 21, 1990. Catalogue of exhibition and case index cards - there were seven cases in the exhibition: The Designer, The Printer, Trade Editions, Americana, Orientalism, The Armageddon, and The Classics series 2box 1folder 1item 01
The Very Horrendous Life of the Great Gargantua (from Vol. 1) Loose specimen pages include title page, pp. vii, viii, author's prologue(pp. 5-6) pp. 13-16 and p. 128. See 36.10 for the finished set. Notes in pencil by unknown person, comparing specimen pages to finished text series 2box 1folder 1item 02
Blotters designed by Dwiggins for the Abbey Press and Gordon-Taylor, Inc. printers, Cambridge, Mass. a) Sent to Mr. Paul A. Bennett of the Mergenthaler Linotype Co. (1937?). Blotters are in the original envelope, as mailed to Mr. Bennett. Done in vibrant purple and maroon to show how printer uses color. b) Examples of two blotters sent by Dwiggins to Mr. Bennett; in original envelope (1937?). Also contains two pages of calendars designed by Dwiggins. Meant to show that "words still have to be read", as printed on folded green sheet. These are advertisements for printers series 2box 1folder 1item 03
Brochures and postcards from Püterschein-Hingham printers. a) One postcard lists The Glistening Hill (50.04), To Autumn (51.08), and Twelve Poems (50.21) for sale, to be marked as to which one to be purchased and returned to P-H. b) Second postcard from P-H to customer, Mr. Foss, that reads "Sorry, Hokusai all gone" (in Dwiggins' hand) with out of print stencil (decoration designed by Dwiggins) in Antwerp Blue. c) P-H brochure of List No. III, of publications, Autumn 1951, 5/4/1905 series 2box 1folder 1item 04
Specimen page from The Glistening Hill (50.04) series 2box 1folder 1item 05
Letter dated January 12, 1932 addressed to Mr. Paul A. Bennett of the Mergenthaler Linotype Co. from Mr. George Macy, Director of The Limited Editions Club announcing the publication of Towards a Reform of Paper Currency (32.02) and requesting an order , 1/12/1932 series 2box 1folder 1item 06
Handwritten letter dated June 27, 1937 addressed to Mr. Forgue from W.A. Dwiggins regarding a series of graphic arts monographs. Also discusses the progress of Dealing with Artists (41.07), 6/27/1937 series 2box 1folder 1item 07
Letter dated April 14, 1939 addressed to A.W. Rushmore of the Golden Hind Press from C.H. Griffith of the Mergenthaler Linotype Co. concerning Dwiggins' new typeface "Caledonia" , 4/14/1939 series 2box 1folder 1item 08
Letterhead, bookplate, labels, and page samples (5) of Dwiggins' The Society of Calligraphers series 2box 1folder 1item 09
Nathan, Robert. One More Spring. A prospectus from the Overbrook Press, Stamford, Conn. [35.08]. Includes an order form for One More Spring and a check list and order form from The Overbrook Press. Includes envelope from Püterschein Press, sent to Mr. Foss in 1951 , 5/4/1905 series 2box 1folder 1item 10
The Cornhill Booklet. Vol. IV, no. 1, October 1914. Alfred Bartlett, Boston. Includes a loose leaf "supplement" with a Dwiggins illustration entitled "The Last War". Dwiggins also illustrated the cover page, 10/1/1914 series 2box 1folder 1item 11
The Crew of the Ship "Earth". New York, The Typophiles, 1944. 1,500 copies printed. Text and illustration by Dwiggins. 8 pp. Folded and stapled. Printed in black. Dwiggins wrote this plea for peace in 1943 (2 copies), 4/27/1905 series 2box 1folder 1item 12
Prospectus of "The Scribe" books printed by Archway Press. Includes a page for The History of Susanna hand-written and illustrated by Dwiggins (47.08). 14. Wells, H.G. The Treasure in the Forest (36.16). Announcement of publication. Includes a letter from "Mwano Masassi", artist of the work. Subscription blank included series 2box 1folder 1item 13
Letter dated Feb. 18, 1936 addressed to "Bill" about the publication of The Treasure in the Forest. Includes color stencil, done by Mabel Dwiggins series 2box 1folder 1item 14
The 1951 Feather-Vender Zodiac Calendar, designed by Dwiggins and printed by Herbert W. Simpson, Inc., Evansville, Indiana. Beautiful stenciled illustration for each month. Same design for each month with different colors used. Zodiac designs for each month in red included, 5/4/1905 series 2box 1folder 1item 15
Announcement of publication of Fairfield: A Linotype Face (designed by Rudolph Ruzicka) with an essay on the work of Ruzicka by Dwiggins. Mergenthaler Linotype Co., Brooklyn. 1940, 4/23/1905 series 2box 1folder 1item 16
Letter dated June 13, 1985 addressed to Patricia England from Dorothy Abbe. Included is a sample of stationery (label of C.H. Griffith of The Mergenthaler Linotype Co.), 6/13/1985 series 2box 1folder 1item 17
Advertisement (3" x 5" card) for Marionette in Motion (39.03). Yellow card, printed in blue series 2box 1folder 1item 18
A note about the cover of the three volumes of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (50.03), explaining the cameo and the initial "VR" on the cover of each of the volumes series 2box 1folder 1item 19
Dwiggins, Mabel H.. Hingham Interlude. Peter Pauper Press (not dated). She describes the foundation of The Village Press (1904-1906). series 2box 1folder 1item 20
Abbe, Dorothy [comp]. Stenciled Ornament and Illustration (79.01). Announcement of publication, 1979. Label of Chiswick Book Shop, Inc. on the last page (Henry and Aveve Cohen), 6/1/1905 series 2box 1folder 1item 21
Announcement of lecture on "The Art of William Addison Dwiggins: Illustrated Lecture by Dorothy Abbe" at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, November 11, 1979, 11/11/1979 series 2box 1folder 1item 22
Poster announcing sale of works of Bruce Rogers, Frederic W. Goudy, and W.A. Dwiggins by David L. O'Neal Antiquarian Booksellers, Inc. Catalogue 33 series 2box 1folder 1item 23
Ward, Beatrice & Various Hands. Concerning Some Words & Type. Includes Dwiggins' work. Published as a tribute to Ms. Ward. [proof] 1953, 5/6/1905 series 2box 1folder 1item 24
Dwiggins, W.A. Caslon Flowers: An Appreciation by W.A. Dwiggins. Püterschein-Hingham 1983. One of 200 copies. This was a paper read by Dwiggins before The Society of Printers, 1913, 3/27/1905 series 2box 1folder 1item 25
Typographic Treasures: The Work of W.A. Dwiggins. Announcement of exhibition opening. New York City, March 25, 1986. (not in box), 3/25/1986 series 2box 1folder 1item 26
Invitation to the Mills College Bender Collection Exhibition on the book designs and illustrations of W.A. Dwiggins, February 3- March 14, 1986 series 2box 1folder 1item 27
Letter addressed to Pat England from Ginger of Fine Print, enclosing no. 8 above. She discusses the possibility of devoting an issue of Fine Print to Dwiggins series 2box 1folder 1item 28
William Addison Dwiggins: a talk delivered to the Book Builders of Boston, at the Boston Public Library, April 1974. Delivered by Dorothy Abbe. Maroon wrapper, printed in black on cover, with stencil ornaments by Dwiggins. Typeface is Electra, designed by Dwiggins. Reprinted as a William Addison Dwiggins: An Essay by Dorothy Abbe (87.01), 4/1/1974 series 2box 1folder 1item 29
Small portfolio containing individual printing specimens by Dwiggins and others with text centering on the topic of "paper", specifically Strathmore paper. Dwiggins may have also illustrated the cover series 2box 1folder 1item 30
Invitation to exhibition on Dwiggins at The Book Club of California, September 4 - October 25, 1984 and August 24, - October 24, 1987, also sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library series 2box 1folder 1item 31
Invitation sent by Dorothy Abbe to the exhibition "Typographical Treasures: The Work of W.A. Dwiggins", March 26 - May 16, 1986. At the ITC Center, New York, New York series 2box 1folder 1item 32
Letter from Dorothy Abbe to Patricia England, June 19, 1985., 6/19/1985 series 2box 1folder 1item 33
Green cover sheet designed by Dwiggins. See also Box 1, 3a, b. The Abbey Press - GT Inc. series 2box 1folder 1item 34
Transactions of The Society of Calligraphers. Bulletin No. 1, In Two Parts, Parts I and II included in box, both dated January 1, 1924. One copy with original envelope mailed to Mr. Paul Bennett of The Mergenthaler Linotype Co., addressed by Dwiggins. Wonderful Dwiggins label on envelope (2 copies), 1/1/1924 series 2box 1folder 1item 35
Envelope from Dorothy Abbe sent to Patricia England. Labels on envelope designed by Dwiggins series 2box 1folder 1item 36
Prospectus of The Cannon's Woman's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer Press of Elfriede Abbe, Manchester Center, Vermont series 2box 1folder 1item 37

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