Archive for February, 2011

Celo Knob Press

Furniture, slug cutter, slugs--let's hear it for sawhorses too.

Over the past three years I’ve begun publishing letterpress broadsides and chapbooks, under the press name Celo Knob Press.  My current project is a series of broadsides featuring poems by North Carolina poets.  This spring I’m collecting the parts of a printshop, soon to be installed in my basement out in the country from Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Here’s the furniture, the wooden spacing you use to lock up a type form in the press bed.


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CentSp.svg Wikipedia has a nice description of Centaur:

Centaur is an Humanist Type Family originally drawn as titling capitals by Bruce Rogers in 1914 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The typeface is based upon several Renaissance models. Rogers’ primary influence for the Roman was Nicholas Jenson’s 1475 Laertis, considered the model for the modern Roman alphabet.

Centaur also shows the influence of types cut by Francesco Griffo in 1495 for a small book titled De Aetna written by Pietro Bembo. The 1929 typeface Bembo, is based primarily upon that specimen. Rogers later added the Roman lowercase, and the italic, based upon Ludovico Arrighi’s 1520 chancery face, was drawn by Frederic Warde, and is the typeface released for general use in 1929 by the Monotype Corporation Ltd.


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Indian Angles is now in proof, and it uses a beautiful typeface, Centaur. Watch for a sample page here. Centaur is a twentieth-century typeface which modifies one of Jenson’s early faces. The book designers at Ohio UP are grand–and they’ve done a lovely job with the illustrations too.

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