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Publication: History of the Book add link
Issue: Last modified 97/4/25
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The collection was established in 1954 based on the several hundred books of typographical interest given in the 1940s and 1950s to the library by William George Colgate of Toronto. The collection is noted for its extensive holdings on the history and technique of printing; calligraphy and letter forms; design of typefaces and typographical productions; typefounding and typefounders' specimens and printers' manuals and handbooks, including those for colour printing and paper making. The collection's largest holdings are in the many specimens of modern fine printing, mostly after 1850; work by the American typographer W.A. Dwiggins; specimens of bookbindings; and three iron printing presses.