A Commonplace Book
Maple Shade N.J: Pickering Press, 1985. Beautiful edition limited to 75 copies, Soft cover with paper label. 14 unfolded leaves printed in light brown and black, (some say red) each with a different type face; 6 wood engravings by John DePol. Also initials and finials. Bound by Pam & Don Rash. Pickering Press Bibliography, p. 72. Protected by a soft tissue sheet. 205 x 150 mm (8 x 6 inches). John Anderson (born 1915), book designer, typographer and printer. Over the course of his six-decade career, Anderson has printed numerous books, broadsides, and catalogues as well as myriad invitations, keepsakes, advertisements, announcements, and other ephemera. The consistent high quality and clean design of Anderson's work have garnered him both awards and praise among printing circles and a high reputation with clients.<br />Anderson embarked on his first commercial enterprise in 1934 at the age of 19, when he founded Bantam Press in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1946, Anderson founded Pickering Press, the imprint under which he continued to print throughout his career, which he named for the nineteenth-century printer, William Pickering. The press gained mounting respect and claimed such clients as the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Franklin Institute, as well as previous clients like Lanston and the University of Pennsylvania. Notable was Anderson's ongoing collaboration with wood engraver John De Pol, begun in the 1950s but intensified during this second incarnation of the press (post 1963). This collaboration resulted in numerous illustrated books, pamphlets, catalogues, and advertisements with engravings by De Pol; all bearing the Pickering imprint.<br />Throughout his career, Anderson passed along his extensive knowledge of the craft of fine printing to numerous students. Several of his apprentices became successful printers themselves.<br />Biography courtesty of the University of Delaware.
Condition: Spotless outside. Inside there are a few small foxing spots, mainly limited to the end papers. A near fine copy.