The Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection

The Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection: A History and Catalog

By David Shields

In this book, Shields rigorously updates and expands upon the historical information about the Rob Roy Kelly collection, clarifying the collection’s exact composition and providing a better understanding of the stylistic development of wood type forms during the nineteenth century.

Using rich materials from the period, Shields deliver a stunning visual context complementing the textual history of each typeface. He also highlights the non-typographic material in the collection — such as borders, rules, ornaments, and image cuts — that have not been previously examined. Featuring over 300 color illustrations, this written history and catalog is bound to spark renewed interest in the collection and its broader typographic period.