Detail of cast stone sign for “Dairy Supply Company Limited”, Coptic Street, London (1888).

Rubbing of letters from tombstone of Elisabeth Stoute (d. 1764), Trinity Church cemetery (New York City). Carved by Uzal Ward.

Detail of doorway sign for Ninth & Broadway Building (1929) in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by Claud Beelman.

Detail from a cutting from a 15th c. Italian chorale, a large manuscript intended for use by a choir. The script is Rotunda, a rounded form of blackletter mostly found in Italy and Spain. The music notes are square and rhombic.

Detail of an inscription (c. 1462) on the facade of S. Anastasia in Verona.

Neon sign for Crown Caterers Deli Restaurant in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The sign dates from the 1930s or 1940s.

Tombstone of Stefano Giuseppe Brion (d.1906) in the Cimiterio Brion-Vega, San Vito d’Altivole, Italy. Designed by Carlo Scarpa (1970–1972). The name is hidden in the “keys”.

Tours & Events

Tours & Events lists all lettering walks, Legacy of Letters tours, public lectures, talks, panel discussions, workshops, calligraphic demonstrations, etc. that I am engaged in.

Tipo Cibo Vino (Legacy of Letters 2022)—Part 7: Letterpress Workshop Day 2

Galley proof of the C list of pasta names set by James Stroud and Janine Wong.
Tied-up galleys of pasta lists of names awaiting proofing. The C list is at the left.
On day 2 of the letterpress workshop participants were finally free of the drudgery and precision involved in setting text type. They were able to indulge their creativity with larger metal type and wood type as well as fleurons, ornaments, rules, borders, dingbats, and whatever else they could find in …
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Tipo Cibo Vino (Legacy of Letters 2022)—Part 6: Letterpress Workshop Day 1

Page 1 of the list of pasta names, color-coded to indicate different categories (e.g. pasta lunghi). Claire Lukacs has highlighted the chunk of names she was responsible for setting.
The letterpress workshop, led by Peter Kruty and Sayre Gaydos of the Brooklyn-based studio Peter Kruty Editions, began in earnest the morning of July 13.
The group project—conceived by me—was a book devoted to pasta. The idea, two years in the making due to the pandemic, was to list as many names of …
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Tipo Cibo Vino (Legacy of Letters 2022)—Part 5: Emilia-Romagna—Modena

This is the fifth installment of a day-by-day visual account of Tipo Cibo Vino 2022. (All photographs, unless otherwise indicated, are by me and are copyright Legacy of Letters.)

July 12, 2022 | Modena
Biblioteca Estense
Officina Typo
This was our last day in Emilia-Romagna. In the morning we took a train from Parma to Modena where we spent the morning looking at manuscripts and books in the Biblioteca Estense. The highlights were two diametrically opposed items: the Silloge of Giovanni Marcanova
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Tipo Cibo Vino (Legacy of Letters 2022)—Part 4: Parma, Langhirano, San Lazzaro di Savena, and Bologna

This is the fourth installment of a day-by-day visual account of Tipo Cibo Vino 2022. (All photographs, unless otherwise indicated, are by me and are copyright Legacy of Letters.)
July 11, 2022 | Parma
Museo Bodoniano and Biblioteca Palatina
In the morning we walked the short distance from the Hotel Torino to the Biblioteca Palatina in the Pilotta. There Dott.ssa Caterina Silva, the curator at the Museo Bodoniano, had arranged a mix of manuscripts, books, and realia (library-speak for physical objects) for …
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Tipo Cibo Vino (Legacy of Letters 2022)—Part 3: Emilio-Romagna—Collecchio, Soragna, and Parma

This is the third installment of a day-by-day visual account of Tipo Cibo Vino 2022. (All photographs, unless otherwise indicated, are by me and are copyright Legacy of Letters.)

July 10, 2022 | Collecchio
Museo della Pasta
We drove two and a half hours from Cornuda to Emilia-Romagna to visit museums devoted to pasta and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. The day was very hot and we fully appreciated the air-conditioned van. Our first stop was the Museo della Pasta on the outskirts of the small …
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Tipo Cibo Vino (Legacy of Letters 2022)—Part 2: The Veneto—Cornuda, Altivole, Maser, and Pieve del Grappa

This is the second installment of a day-by-day visual account of Tipo Cibo Vino 2022. (All photographs, unless otherwise indicated, are by me and are copyright Legacy of Letters.)

July 9, 2022 | Cornuda
Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione
This iteration of Legacy of Letters was unusual in that we scheduled the first day of the letterpress workshop at the Tipoteca in the middle of the touring section. We left the Centro Branca and Venice early in the morning, taking a train to Treviso …
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Tipo Cibo Vino (Legacy of Letters 2022)—Part 1: the Veneto—Padua, Treviso, and Venice

The second iteration of Tipo Cibo Vino, the 2022 Legacy of Letters tour and workshop, was originally scheduled to take place in 2020. Those plans were derailed by the pandemic. But the excitement of the first Tipo Cibo Vino was so strong that nearly everyone who signed up for 2020 was able to be a part of 2022. Although Italy was undergoing a severe drought and the temperature was much hotter than in 2019, the tour and workshop were still …
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Announcing Legacy of Letters 2023—Letterpress in Italy

Legacy of Letters 2023—Letterpress in Italy
Archivio Tipografico, Tallone Editore, Il Buon Tempo, Officina Typo, Anonima Impressori, and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione
Late June/early July, 2023*
$3900 [$3650 early bird discount and Legacy of Letters alumni; $3500 students]
space limited to 10 participants

THEME
Legacy of Letters was founded in 1996 with the goal of introducing people to the incredibly rich array of resources that Italy has to offer for those excited about carved, written, and printed letters. Although the Tipo Cibo Vino theme of 2019 and …
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What you will learn at CalRBS History of Type in August 2022—no. 50

I will be teaching the history of type at California Rare Book School (CalRBS) August 8–12, 2022. The 5-day intensive class will be based at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Along with lectures, discussions, and hands-on examination of typographic artifacts and materials at the Archive there will be field trips to other Bay Area institutions to look at books, broadsides, and more. The class will be small (7 to 12 people).
Here are 10 things you will …
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What you will learn at CalRBS History of Type in August 2022—no. 49

I will be teaching the history of type at California Rare Book School (CalRBS) August 8–12, 2022. The 5-day intensive class will be based at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Along with lectures, discussions, and hands-on examination of typographic artifacts and materials at the Archive there will be field trips to other Bay Area institutions to look at books, broadsides, and more. The class will be small (7 to 12 people).
Here are 10 type manufacturers you …
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What you will learn at CalRBS History of Type in August 2022—no. 48

I will be teaching the history of type at California Rare Book School (CalRBS) August 8–12, 2022. The 5-day intensive class will be based at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Along with lectures, discussions, and hands-on examination of typographic artifacts and materials at the Archive there will be field trips to other Bay Area institutions to look at books, broadsides, and more. The class will be small (7 to 12 people).
Here are 10 type foundries you …
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What you will learn at CalRBS History of Type in August 2022—no. 47

I will be teaching the history of type at California Rare Book School (CalRBS) August 8–12, 2022. The 5-day intensive class will be based at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Along with lectures, discussions, and hands-on examination of typographic artifacts and materials at the Archive there will be field trips to other Bay Area institutions to look at books, broadsides, and more. The class will be small (7 to 12 people).
Here are 10 significant words or …
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What you will learn at CalRBS History of Type in August 2022—no. 46

I will be teaching the history of type at California Rare Book School (CalRBS) August 8–12, 2022. The 5-day intensive class will be based at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Along with lectures, discussions, and hands-on examination of typographic artifacts and materials at the Archive there will be field trips to other Bay Area institutions to look at books, broadsides, and more. The class will be small (7 to 12 people).
Here are 10 things you will …
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What you will learn at CalRBS History of Type in August 2022—no. 45

I will be teaching the history of type at California Rare Book School (CalRBS) August 8–12, 2022. The 5-day intensive class will be based at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Along with lectures, discussions, and hands-on examination of typographic artifacts and materials at the Archive there will be field trips to other Bay Area institutions to look at books, broadsides, and more. The class will be small (7 to 12 people).
Here are 10 type designers you …
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What you will learn at CalRBS History of Type in August 2022—no. 44

I will be teaching the history of type at California Rare Book School (CalRBS) August 8–12, 2022. The 5-day intensive class will be based at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Along with lectures, discussions, and hands-on examination of typographic artifacts and materials at the Archive there will be field trips to other Bay Area institutions to look at books, broadsides, and more. The class will be small (7 to 12 people).
Here are 10 punchcutters you will …
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What you will learn at CalRBS History of Type in August 2022—no. 43

I will be teaching the history of type at California Rare Book School (CalRBS) August 8–12, 2022. The 5-day intensive class will be based at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Along with lectures, discussions, and hands-on examination of typographic artifacts and materials at the Archive there will be field trips to other Bay Area institutions to look at books, broadsides, and more. The class will be small (7 to 12 people).
Here are 10 type foundries you …
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