1976 · Kalamazoo, MI and Toronto
by Koch, Rudolf
Kalamazoo, MI and Toronto: The Private Press and Typefoundry of Paul Hayden Duensing and The Alliquanda Press, 1976. One of 150 copies, this copy being "h/s." Printers and typographers Paul Hayden Duensing and William Rueter shared the work for this portfolio created as a tribute to the great Rudolf Koch ( 1876 - 1934). The thirty loose sheets in this portfolio comprise a collection of quotes from Koch's works. Koch was a German type designer who was also a master of lettering, calligraphy, typography and illustration. Koch greatly admired William Morris. Speaking at a meeting in London, he expressed his disbelief that Morris was not of German descent: "I feel such a closeness to him that I always have the feeling that he cannot be an Englishman, he must be a German." The teachings of Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement are evident in Koch's use of hand-lettering and wood-cutting techniques. At the same time, his book illustrations are evocative of Art Nouveau. Koch prized craftsmanship in his type design and printing methods, a principle deeply rooted in the Arts and Crafts Movement. The quotations from Koch's writings reveal his passion for letters, type faces, and the joy of work. They offer inspiration and insight into the art and craft of creating letters and printing. Many of the quotes are in German with an English translation. The others are in English. They are printed on a variety of papers and using various types mostly designed by Koch or his contemporaries. With a list showing the letter forms and paper used for each item. Housed in an orange paper portfolio cover which in turn is housed in a blue slipcase. The portfolio and its contents are in fine condition .The slipcase is soiled and a bit worn. BOB/041420.
(Inventory #: 33972)