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Items that RIT Press plans to bring to the 2016 Book Fair.
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The Aries Press of Eden, New York
RIT Press, Rochester, NY, 2016
The Aries Press was an American private press founded by Spencer Kellogg, Jr., in the 1920s. A second-generation millionaire and supporter of the arts, Kellogg was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. Though little known today, the Aries Press produced exceptional examples of fine printing. Richard Kegler documents its colorful history accompanied by fine illustrations and samples from the Press.
Cloth binding with foil stamp, 96 pages, 39 illustrations (many color), 6x9 in.
Genre: Printing History, Book Arts, Typography
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Edited By Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Andrea G. Reithmayr
RIT Press, Rochester, NY, 2010
Claude Bragdon (1866-1946) was a first-generation modernist architect, as well as an illustrator, critic, theorist and theater designer. Bragdon practiced architecture in Rochester, New York throughout the Progressive Era. Although his masterpiece, the New York Central Railroad Station, was demolished in the 1960s-70s, the First Universalist Church, the Bevier Memorial Building, the Peterborough Bridge near Toronto, and nearly 100 residences remain today.
A prolific and influential writer, Bragdon published more than twenty books and hundreds of articles. He was nationally known for his graphic art, his writing on the fourth dimension, his Song & Light Festivals of 1915-1918, and his role in theater’s New Stagecraft.
He had technical and artistic expertise in many disciplines, making it difficult to categorize his work into a specific stylistic trend. Bragdon’s work as an early modernist is important both in its own right and as a key to other 20th Century architects’ work.
The book includes a complete bibliography of Bragdon's published work, a timeline and an index.
Contributors: Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Paul Emmons, Marcia Feuerstein, Marie Frank, Jean France, Joscelyn Godwin, Linda Dalrymple Henderson, Christina Malathouni, Jonathan Massey, Mary Nixon, Joan Ockman, Andrea Reithmayr and Richard Guy Wilson.
Laminated softcover, 240 pages, 248 illustrations (mostly color), 8.5x11.25 in.
Genre: Fine Arts, Local History, Architecture, Book Arts
Edges of Books: Specimens of Edge Decoration from RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection
Steven K. Galbraith
RIT Press, Rochester, NY, 2012
Edges of Books examines a familiar form from an unfamiliar perspective. When books are on display it is usually their spines, covers, text, or illustrations that are featured. These are the familiar parts of the books—the parts that modern readers have come to interact with the most. Edges of Books takes a different approach, uncovering a tradition that extends back centuries in which the edges of books were important sites for information and decoration.
This is a catalog of an exhibition of the same name at the Cary Collection.
Softcover, 74 pages, 57 illustrations (mostly color), 10x7 in.
Genre: Bookbinding, Printing History, Book Arts
History of the Linotype Company
RIT Press, Rochester, NY, 2014
From the Victorian era to the start of the twenty-first century, the Mergenthaler Linotype Company dominated the typesetting and printing industries. Unlike previous books which have ended with the invention of the Linotype, Frank Romano tells the rest of the story. This book details the products, the people, and the corporate activities that kept the company ahead of its competition in hot metal, phototypesetting, and pre-press technology. Over ten corporate entities eventually formed the U.S. manufacturer, which ended its corporate life as a division of a German press maker. What began in 1886 ended finally in May 2013, when the Linotype Library division of Monotype Imaging was closed down. After 127 years, the last resting place of the history of the Linotype Company is in this book.
About the Author
Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus at RIT, began his career at the Mergenthaler Linotype Company in 1959. A renowned authority on graphic communications, printing, and publishing, Romano has published over 50 books.
Laminated softcover, 480 pages, many illustrations, 10.5x8.5 in.
Genre: Printing History
Unfinished Stories: The Narrative Photography of Hansel Mieth and Marion Palfi
RIT Press, Rochester, NY, 2013
Unfinished Stories presents a parallel study of the lives and narrative photography of Hansel Mieth (1909–1998) and Marion Palfi (1907–1978). Mieth was the second woman staff photographer employed by Life magazine. Palfi’s photo of Henry Street Settlement kids was the first cover of Ebony magazine. German born émigrés who never met, they constructed remarkably similar photo narratives of unseen America. They were visual storytellers, artists, and citizen-photographers who do not fit easily into contemporary categories of photojournalism or documentary photography. Great risk-takers, they grasped the complexities inherent in representing human beings as individuals, as part of an ethnic, racial or labor group, and as citizens colonized in their own land. They may have photographed the circumstances of alienation, but their themes involved connection, human relationships, and solidarity. Unfinished Stories offers a fresh and theoretically informed eye on representational photography. It forges a place for Hansel Mieth and Marion Palfi in the history of photography and in the history of American race and class struggle.
Janet Zandy is emerita professor of English at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the author of the award-winning Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work and other books on American working-class culture.
Foreword by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
This book was produced in association with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson.
Laminated softcover, 224 pages, 98 illustrations, 8.5x10.5 in.
Genre: Photography, History