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Jenson's Greek : a book / by Alan Loney ; with hand-drawn letters by Deirdre Hassed
Bib ID 6570075
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Loney, Alan, 1940- author, printer
 
Description Malvern East, Vic. : Electio Editions, 2013 
48 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 26 cm (in clamshell case 26.5 x 18 x 3 cm) 
Summary

"This work has its origins in an abandoned printing of Nicolas Jenson’s last will and testament, illustrated with Jenson’s Greek letters. When I found that the will was readily available online, I confess I lost energy for the project. Meanwhile, the material has sat unquietly in the printery until a new project coalesced into the present book. The quotation used in Jenson's Greek is from Noctes Atticae by Aulus Gellius, printed by Jenson in Venice in 1472. The ‘poems’ on pages 19, 29 and 39 are made from words & phrases of Jenson’s will translated by Pierce Butler for the Ludlow Typograph Company 1928. The quotation from Jenson’s Greek is from Noctes Atticae by Aulus Gellius, Venice 1472.... The enlarged letters, in their sequence here, are gamma, phi, delta, sigma-theta (double letter), psi, & pi.--Foreword.

Notes

Limited standard edition of 26 copies, with 22 for sale. One copy specially bound by Susan Anderson, Impediment Press (NSW), in boards with a slipcase.

"This book is designed, printed & bound by Alan Loney. The hand-drawn Greek letters are done by Deirdre Hassed, & printed from magnesium blocks made by Hitech Allgraphics, Melbourne. Types are Dante, New Hellenic, Open Kapitalen, printed on damped Magnani mouldmade paper on a Pratt-Albion handpress. Binding is a Keith Smith non-adhesive with Cave handmade paper printed & sewn at the press, with boxes made by Duncan Packaging, Melbourne."--Colophon.

National Library's SR copy is no. 19 of the standard copies, signed by Alan Loney.

Binding

Book bound by Barbara Schmelzer in three sections in long stitch with inner vellum support. Tangerine (warm orange color) gelatin-sized flax handmade card covers, with red and silver lettering. 

Subjects Jenson, Nicolas, approximately 1420-1480 -- Will.  |  Fine books -- Australia -- 21st century -- Specimens.  |  Letterpress printing -- Australia -- 21st century -- Specimens.  |  Graphic design (Typography) -- Australia.  |  Greek language -- Lettering -- Specimens.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Jenson, Nicolas, approximately 1420-1480, Will  |  Hassed, Deirdre, artist  |  Schmelzer, Barbara, binder
Also Titled

I, Nicolas Jenson, alien, & printer of books

I, Nicolas Jenson, alien, and printer of books

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