Many of the titles published by Barbarian Press in the past are now out of print. Descriptions and publication details of some of those titles are available here for your perusal.
Please note that all of these books are
Founts & Circumstance
A typographical portfolio of display and titling faces in grand isolation & in company
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COPIES OF THE PORTFOLIO AND OF THE INDIVIDUAL BROADSHEETS ARE NOW SOLD.
Every designer and compositor loves to play with odd typefaces, combining the mad with the austere, the sluttish with the prim, the gargantuan with the dainty. Over the years we have acquired quite a number of display and titling faces. Moreover, we were recently given a small but delicious selection of such faces by a friend. It seemed a propitious time to play with type again.
Some of these faces are useful favourites, well-made and beautifully designed, and have seen service in many ways; others are too quirky, too large, or too dated to be useful in regular work. But as a desperately literate mother once said to us of the rowdy and unconstrained mob that was her family, It seems a shame to hide their bushels in the outward darkness. Their bushels are therefore to be dragged into the inner light, as we present an array of both familiar and unfamiliar faces in display, and in use with a selection of texts.
Founts & Circumstance was first
announced in 1999, then scheduled for publication in the summer of 2001.
Various delays (paper shipments, problems with dampening paper which
sorting out, repairs to a press, and commitments to other work) delayed
the project, and it is finally published in July, 2002, in an edition
of 58 sets for sale, with an additional eight encore sets
made up from overruns. It comprises showings of fourteen featured display
faces in a dozen broadsheets, several of them folded. They are printed
on a selection of handmade and mouldmade papers, including a Kelmscott
paper handmade by Joseph Batchelor and Sons in about 1900; a vintage
mouldmade from Turkey Mill circa 1930; the rare Barcham Green
Eltham handmade, as well as two other Barcham Green papers; Velké Losiny
Prague, a lovely hand-made Czech paper; and Rideau Cream laid handmade
from the St. Armand Mill in Montreal. There are also mouldmades from St.
Armand, the Zerkall mill in Germany, and Somerset papers in England. Two
of the broadsheets are in fact pairs of broadsheets, for two very large
wood types Gill Shadow (matched with Dutch Initials) and an elaborate
and apparently unissued face called Hamilton Class S Script which
required more space than one sheet would allow; each of these pairs is
contained in a labelled folder.
To complete the set, there is an oversized 12-page pamphlet of notes which offers a brief essay on display and titling faces and gives historical background on the types. These notes, printed in double column in many colours, also feature full showings of nearly a dozen display or titling faces not used in the broadsheets, and further include a great many drop caps and initials. The Acknowledgements and Colophon for the set, signed by the printer and designer, are at the end of the Notes. They are side-stabbed and laced into covers of St. Armand Turquoise Flax mouldmade paper with a label. Finally, there is a title sheet with a signed and numbered kallitype (a contact-printed photograph on hand-made paper treated with emulsion, exposed by sunlight) by Canadian photographer David Evans, whose recent book, Beyond the Mountains, appeared to considerable acclaim in 1999.
Sets of the original edition were housed in a scarlet clamshell box with printed spine label and a label on the upper cover. The edition was 58 copies, and these were designated by the inclusion in the lower inside right-hand corner of each box of an upper or lower-case letter or figure sort of 72pt. Bembo. The price was C$950/US$680. This edition was completely sold out before publication. However, because of the difficulties of registration, inking and dampening, many more sheets were pulled than were required for the edition, and as we kept receiving requests for copies long after the 58 designated sets were sold, we have gone through the overruns and have been able to make up eight more sets of what we are calling the Encore Edition.
ENCORE EDITION. These differ
from the original edition in three significant ways: they are contained
in a stiff paper folder with a label, rather than a box; they include
a specially designed and printed cancel title sheet rather than the original
sheet with the kalligraph; and the Notes in most copies have covers of
Somerset Antique or Newsprint, not St. Armand. In every other respect
the contents, including the notes, are the same as those of the main edition.
The broadsheets in Founts & Circumstance are listed below, with photographs of each one by David Evans. For interests sake, and for completeness, we also include an illustration of the Atrax broadsheet, which is out of print, and the title sheet with the kallitype, which is not available for sale.
Please note: These are not seconds; they are identical to the sheets in the complete sets. Because of the difficulties of registration and inking on many of these sheets, we overprinted considerably in order to be sure of completing the edition. These overruns are the result. Sizes are W by H. Click on thumbnails for a larger view.