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For my previous
                                            screen-printed books
                                            I had used a digital font
                                            version of Garamond, a
                                            traditional old-style
                                            serif typeface.

                                             managed to find a copy of Printing and
                                             Publishing at Home, a comprehensive
                                             and well-illustrated book with detailed
                                             index and excellent bibliography, written
                                             by John and fellow small-publisher the
                                             late Roy Lewis, founder of the Keepsake
                                             Press, whose archive is now housed at
                                             the University of Reading. Of particular
                                             interest to us are the chapters on The
                                             Small Edition, Designing Small Editions,
                                             and Letterpress Printing. John very kindly
                                             inscribed my copy – needless to say, it has
                                             become a treasure and a book to which we
                                             refer regularly.

                                             Design and Plan
                                             As John steered our discussion to focus on
                                             a design for the pamphlet my enthusiasm
                                             was soon confronted with the enormity of
                                             choices to be had. Likewise, the decisions
                                             to be made before committing to print the
                                             text I had written – layout, size of page,
                                             size of printed area, number of pages,
                                             paper, and then, critically, typeface. For
                                             my previous screen-printed books I had
                                             used a digital font version of Garamond,
                                             a traditional old-style serif typeface, and
                                             had this in mind for my letterpress pam-
                                             phlet. Except – Quarto Press doesn’t have
                                             Garamond; in fact it uses very few, if any,
                                             familiar font types.
                                              On the verge of disappointment, and
                                             not expecting an obstacle at this early
                                             stage, relief and a solution came as John
                                             produced the Quarto Press font catalogue.
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