New York: Beil, (1982),
First Edition Limited to 300 numbered copies signed by Blumenthal. octavo, printed boards and cloth in matching slipcase. (14), (158)pp. Beil, Item #29590
Printed at The Stinehour Press. Book designed by Blumenthal. For more than fifty years Joseph Blumenthal, the renowned designer-printer, has stimulated concern for the arts of the book in the United States. In this professional autobiography he has written a fascinating account of his life with fine printing - his " search for clarity" from the halcyon days of the 1920's through the 1970' s. With a strong sense of the historical forces that have made printing what it is today, he tells about the development of his Spiral Press, where he succeeded in producing a consistently distinctive style of printing, and the times in which it thrived; about his growing education in the graphic arts; and about the personalities with whom he has carried forward the traditions of bookmaking. With 30 illustrations. Printed material from the Grolier Club laid in. This copy is inscribed in pencil by Blumenthal on the half title: "for P.J. With friendly regard and typographic esteem. Joe October/'82". P. J. Conkwright was the art director for the Princeton University Press. A very fine copy.