The Black Swan. Translated from the German by Williard R. Trask.
First English Language Edition. New York [Norwood, Mass.], Alfred A. Knopf [Plimpton Press], 1954. 8°. 141 pages plus a Bibliography of Thomas Mann’s works in the rear (5 pages). Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Typography and binding design by W.A. Dwiggins – Jacket Design by Bert Clarke.
This book was set on the Linotype in Janson, a recutting made direct from type cast in matrices made by Anton Janson some time between 1660 and 1687. This type is an excellent example of the influential and singularly sturdy Dutch types that prevailed in England prior to Caslon. It was from the Dutch types that Caslon developed his own incomparable designs. The book was composed, printed and bound by “The Plimpton Press”, Norwood, Massachusetts. The typography and binding design are by W.A.Dwiggins.
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