Small founts and flowers
Some years back,
when Jonathan Stephenson sold his Rocket Press materiel, we bought this splendid
type-rack from Stephenson Blake. It now holds a number of small founts of
large-size (display) founts such as Festival, Mole Foliate, Harlequin, Ratdolt,
and Union Pearl. It also holds many of Mark Arman's founts of Monotype ornaments
from his Workshop Press. Many of these founts will never be cast again so one is
printing with antiques, and they deserve careful storage.
One of the dangers of
having a print-shop is collecting. We try to buy only those founts that we can
see ourselves using in a book one day. Without this discipline the shop would be
packed with interesting type, doomed never to be used. The same is true of
presses and other equipment. And of course there comes the point when the
available space has been filled and a new fount can only come in if another
leaves - that's where we are right now.