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WILL RANSOM (1885-1955)                                     Tim Honnor (5578)

                                                                   American Graphic Designer, Letterer, Typeface Designer and
                                                                   Bibliographer of Private Presses

                                                                   WILL RANSOM was an influenƟal American        I found his very suitable descripƟon of a
                                                                   designer and writer on prinƟng in the early  Private Press, reproduced below:
                                                                   1900s. Perhaps his most important design
                                                                   was his type face Parsons, that was cast by   What Does One Do With
                                                                   American Type Founders (ATF).                       A Private Press?

                                                                                                                      private press, is in the simplest
                                                                                                                       terms, a small quantity of printing
                                                                                                                       equipment housed in the home and
                                                                                                                 used for the pleasure of the operator.

ƒ փ¦› Ê¥ փÙÝÊÄÝ ãù֛¥ƒ‘›, ݑƒÄě— ¥ÊÙà Ãù ƒã¥ ‘ƒãƒ½Ê¦ç› Ê¥ Ϗϗϐϐ                                                   The most frequent incentive is
                                                                                                                enjoyment of something to play with,
                                                                                                                the do-it-yourself instinct. Yet there

                                                                                                                          are are other stimuli:

                                                                                                                  Authors have set out to give form
                                                                                                                and substance to their own writings;

                                                                                                                   designers have been impelled to
                                                                                                                 record their ingenuity in the use of
                                                                                                                  type and decoration; artists have

                                                                                                                    used books as vehicles for their
                                                                                                                 drawings or engravings. Whatever
                                                                                                                 the purpose, a private press may be
                                                                                                                 defined as the expression, by means
                                                                                                                of craftsmanship, of a personal ideal
                                                                                                                conceived in freedom and maintained

                                                                                                                             in independence’

                                                                                                                Does this not iterate what we in the BPS
                                                                                                                do and feel? –ed.

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