The Complete Engraver: A Guide to Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette and History of Social Stationery published by Princeton Architectural Press in September, 2012 and is now selling at Garden District Books in New Orleans, and at a book seller near you.
FREE, in conjunction with the launch, download two fonts—JMC Engraver and Feldman Engraver—developed for the book by Terrance Weinzierl and Steve Matteson, Monotype Imaging, based on original engraver’s lettering styles.
Research for the book was been presented at the 2012 Type Americana conference in Seattle, and will be at the Typecon conference in Milwaukee (August) and the American Printing History Association conference in Chicago (October). Here are some sample spreads:
“This is for those who love everything fine.” —Marian Bantjes
“As we praise high-resolution screens, we notice that sharpness is not a virtue in itself. Digital is cold. We can swipe a screen, but we cannot feel it.
This book rediscovers the art of engraving, which makes us appreciate paper as the three-dimensional object that it is. … Digital may rule, but analog is far from dead.” —Erik Spiekermann
“If typography has a poet laureate, Collins may well be it.”—Jessica Helfand
“This billet-doux to the elegant and sensual art of engraving is a must for anyone interested in the lost art of fine printing, design, and graciousness.” —Louise Fili
“I’m hopeful that, with this book, young designers will be inspired to create contemporary applications for engraving in contemporary graphic design.” —Steff Geissbuhler