Item #328 Wayzgoose Pamphlet Number Two. Barbarian Press.
Wayzgoose Pamphlet Number Two

Wayzgoose Pamphlet Number Two

[Mission, B.C.]: [Barbarian Press], [2023]. Octavo, 22.2 x 14.3 cm. Sewn with red thread into pink St-Armand Canal Sisal Currant paper wraps. The upper cover is printed with the title in dark red. All edges neatly trimmed. pp. 1-4 [8]. A fine copy. The text was set in Joanna type by Apollonia Elsted and printed by her, with assistance from Kirsten Way, on Mohawk Superfine paper. Designed by Crispin Elsted. The text traces the “uncertain and richly varied” etymology of ‘dingbat’. Appropriately, the text is accompanied by a richly varied selection of dingbats, some of an uncertain origin and others identified: “over the years we have acquired a large selection of dingbats of various kinds. It is not meant unkindly to say that in most pressrooms dingbats seem to appear without anyone’s quite realizing where they came from. With the exceptions of a few pilcrows and fists, & one set of antique trains, we can’t recall ever having consciously purchased the rest of them— yet here they are. In fairness it must be said that there have been instances when a sudden need for a bird in flight, a drooping maiden playing a lyre, an epergne of fruit, or an image of a compositor setting type has been answered from the few cases of dingbats which keep their places, patient if slightly resigned, in the composing room at Barbarian Press.” The display of dingbats spans six pages. Most of the ornaments were printed in black, while a few were printed in red or a combination of black and red. Identifications, which were facilitated by a wide range of typefounders’ specimen books, were printed in footnotes in red below the ornaments. A wood engraved headpiece by Sarah Chamberlain, printed in black from the original block commissioned in 1984, opens the text. The edition size is unspecified. Item #328

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