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Typ 970U.06.683

University Press (Cambridge, Mass.). University Press (Cambridge, Mass.) collection concerning the publication of The triumphs of Francesco Petrarch ..., 1903-1941: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: Typ 970U.06.683
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: University Press (Cambridge, Mass.).
Title: University Press (Cambridge, Mass.) collection concerning the publication of The triumphs of Francesco Petrarch ...,
Date(s): 1903-1941.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (3 boxes)
Abstract: Preparatory materials for the University Press publication of The triumphs of Francesco Petrarch. This was the first book in the "Humanistic Series," printed in Humanistic type.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MH-3. Purchased with the Amy Lowell and Philip Hofer Trust funds; received: 2002 September 24.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Tarsis

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

University Press (Cambridge, Mass.) Collection Concerning the Publication of The Triumphs of Francesco Petrarch ..., 1903-1941 (Typ 970U.06.683). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

The third box under this call-number contains the book itself. It is fully cataloged in HOLLIS.

Biographical / Historical

This special limited issue of The triumphs of Francesco Petrarch, Florentine poet laureate, translated by Henry Boyd with an introduction by Doctor Guido Biagi was published in 1906 in the United States by Little, Brown and Company, and in London by John Murray. It was printed at the University Press, Cambridge, Mass., in a Humanistic type designed by William Dana Orcutt (1870-1953). Orcutt produced this typeface especially for this series that was to be known as the "Humanistic series," and this Petrarch volume was the first in the series. The type was hand-cut in steel at the American Type Founders Company.

Bibliography

For full information concerning the history of this project see: William Dana Orcutt "In quest of the perfect book," Atlantic Monthly (December, 1925).

Arrangement

Organized into the following series, in "production order":

Scope and Contents

Includes: matrices for the Humanistic type, preparatory drawings and proofs for the typeface, specimen pages for the book, letters with suggestions for type design and layout, and proofs and advertising texts for the first book in the Humanistic Series.

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