A Specimen Book, with it’s wealth of beautiful typefaces, called for a design that showcased some of the letter forms. The italic F’s and F ligatures caught my eye and they are the dominant theme of the design. They were cut out of thinly pared leather and onlaid. Two double-line gold borders define the printed page size within, and the initials were stamped in gold.

A Specimen Book, The Curwen Press

The top edge was colored in sections with graphite and red, and the text block was sewn on four tapes to give the flat spine required by the design.

I was fortunate to have some sheets of Curwen papers to use for the end papers. Having difficulty choosing one or the other I decided to combine two.

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