Cary Collection staff teach about the history of printing with artifacts such as this 19th-century typecasting hand mold.
In addition to works on paper, the Cary Collection collects specimens of printing technology, such as this Remington Rand typewriter from the early 20th century.
A calligraphic alphabet is the focal point of the Cary Collection\'s main reading room. The alphabet was designed by Julian Waters, and interpreted in glass by Valerie Murray Stained Glass Studio.
Masterworks are constantly on display through the Cary Collection\'s program of exhibitions. Shown here is an edition of Tacitus, printed in Antwerp in 1668 by the Plantin Press.
The Cary Collection is one of the world\’s finest graphic arts libraries with exemplars of the typographic arts, such as this copy of the rare "Kelmscott Chaucer" (1896), published by Willam Morris, with woodcut illustrations made from designs by Edward Burne-Jones.
This sample papermaking dandy roll, used for creating watermarks, is an example of the Cary Collection\’s numerous artifacts once used in the graphic art trades.
Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies otherwise known as the “First Folio” of William Shakespeare, was a tour de force in 17th century publishing. Thirty-six of the Bard’s plays were compiled into this work, numbering over 900 pages long.
In this painting, carvers work on the inscription of Trajan’s Column in Rome, which dates from 113 A.D. These monumental letterforms are celebrated as some of the most elegant surviving examples of the Roman serif alphabet, hence inspiring many subsequent type designs, including contemporary digital typefaces.
Benjamin Frankiln—apart from being a great American statesman—was a noted printer and publisher. He is depicted here as printing Poor Richard’s Almanack, published annually from 1732 to 1758.