New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1970,
First Edition. octavo, brown cloth and black cloth in dust jacket. xviii, 244, xv pp. Alfred A Knopf, Item #32835
A systematic attempt to make plain the evolution, impact and importance of the printed work, it is not a history of printing but rather an effort "to recapitulate the essential story of Western calligraphy and printing." With 200 illustrations. The typography, binding, and jacket design are by Chappell. Although this interesting text has been reprinted a number of times, this first edition is a much superior production. Presentation copy, inscribed and signed by Chappell on the half-title and dated October 1987.