The RRK has been featured in a number of publications1 and websites2. The information presented on this website is indebted to the work of the many of the many previous scholars of wood type whose works are listed in the bibliography3.


Many publications have drawn on The RRK for source material. The below represent some of the most notible instances.



Alembic Press. Specimens of Wood Type held at the Alembic Press. Oxford: Alembic Press, 1993.

Angelica Press. Wood type of the Angelica Press. Brooklyn: Angelica Press, 1975.

Annenberg, Maurice, comp. A Typographical Journey Through the Inland Printer 1883–1900. Baltimore: Maran Press, 1977.

Bartram, Alan. Typeforms: A History. New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2007.

Bayles, R. M., ed. History of Windham County, Connecticut. New York: W. W. Preston & Co, 1889.

Bolton, Claire. DeLittle, 1888–1988 : the first years in a century of wood letter manufacture, 1888-1895. Oxford: Alembic Press, 1988.

Clouse, Doug. Mackellar, Smiths & Jordan: Typographic Tastemakers of the Late Nineteenth Century. New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2008.

DeVinne, Theodore Low. Plain Printing Types. The Practice of Typography. New York: The Century Company, 1900.

Gray, Nicolete. Nineteenth Century Ornamented Typefaces. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1976.

———. “Slab-serif type design in England 1815–1845.” Journal of the Printing Historical Society, no. 15 (1980-81): 1–35.

Handover, P. M. “Black Serif: The career of the nineteenth-century’s versatile invention: the slab-seriffed letter design.” Motif, no. 12 (Winter 1964): 79–89.

Harris, Elizabeth M. The Fat and the Lean, American Wood Type in the 19th Century. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1983.

Horn, John. Specimens of Wood Type Held at the Shooting Star Press, The Private Press of John Horn., Little Rock: Shooting Star Press, 2008.

Hopkins, Richard. Introduction to Specimens of Machine Cut Wood Type, by William H. Page Wood Type Co. 1888. Reprint, Terra Alta, WV: Pioneer Press, 2002.

Hudson, Graham. The Design and Printing of Ephemera in Britain and America, 17201920. New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2008.

Johnson, A. F. “Fat Faces: Their history form and use.” Alphabet & Image, no. 5 (September 1947): 43–55.

Johnston, Alastair. Alphabets To Order: Literature of 19th-Century Typefounders’ Specimens. New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 2000.

Kelly, Rob Roy. “American Wood Type.” Design Quarterly, no. 56 (1963): 140.

———. American Wood Type, 1828–1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1969.

———. American Wood Types, 1828–1900, Volume One. Kansas City: Published by author, 1964.

———. “A Commentary on American Wood Type.” Introduction to Adobe Wood Types 1. Edited by Judy Walthers von Alten., 12. Adobe Originals. Mountain View, California: Adobe Systems Incorporated, 1990.

———. “Search & Research.” Introduction to Specimen Book of Wood Type from the collection of the Silver Buckle Press., 59. Madison: Silver Buckle Press, 1999.

———, ed. Wood Type Alphabets, 100 Fonts. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1977.

Larson, Cedric. “The Story of Wood Type.” American Printer and Lithographer, March 1956.

Long, Robert P. Wood Type & Printing Collectibles. East Meadow, New York: Robert P. Long Publisher, 1980.

Majoor, Martin. “Inclined to be dull.” Eye, Spring 2007.

McLean, Ruari. “19th Century American Wood Type.” Review of American Wood Types 1828–1900, Volume One, by Rob Roy Kelly. The Connoisseur, August 1965.

———. “An Examination of Egyptians.” Alphabet & Image, no. 1 (Spring 1946): 39–51.

Millington, Roy. Stephenson Blake: The Last of the Old English Typefounders. New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 2000.

Moran, Bill, Robert Style, Dennis Ichiyama, and Richard Zauft. Hamilton Wood Type, A History in Headlines. Minneapolis: Blinc Publishing, 2004.

Mortimer, Ian, and James Mosley. Ornamented Types: Twenty-Three Alphabets from the Foundry of Louis John Pouchée., London: I.M. Imprimit with the St. Bride Printing Library, 1993.

Mosley, James. “Nineteenth-century decorated types at Oxford.” Journal of the Printing Historical Society, no. 2 (1966): 1–35.

———. The nymph and the grot: the revival of the sanserif letter. London: Friends of the St Bride Printing Library, 1999.

———. “Type-foundry of Vincent Figgins 1792–1831.” Motif 1 (February 1959): 29–35.

Old-fashioned Type Specimens in the Robinson-Pforzheimer Collection. New York: The Printing Office, New York Public Library, 1959.

Ovink, G. W. “Ninetieth-century reactions against the didone type model (1).” Quærendo 1, no. 2 (1971): 18–31.

———. “Ninetieth-century reactions against the didone type model (2).” Quærendo 1, no. 4 (1971): 282–301.

———. “Ninetieth-century reactions against the didone type model (3).” Quærendo 2, no. 2 (1972): 122-144.

Rouze, Gordon. Wood Type: The Museum of Printing History Collection. Houston: Arm & Hammer Press, August 2001.

Ruffa, Gregory. The Art of Wood Type. Plainfield, NJ: GRA Publishing, 2008.

Saxe, Stephen O. Introduction to A Specimen Book of Nineteenth-century Printing Types, Borders, Ornaments, & Cuts in the Collection of Browne & Co., Stationers, by Browne & Co. New York: South Street Seaport Museum, 1985.

———. “The Romance of Wood Type.” April, 1983. In Fine Print on Type, the Best of Fine Print Magazine on Type and Typography, edited by Charles Bigelow, Paul Hayden Duensing, and Linnea Gentry, 6267. San Francisco: Bedford Arts, 1989.

Shields, David. “Recent Research into Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type Collection.” Printing History, 2nd ser., no. 7 (January 2010).

Specimens of Wood Type Presented to the School of Library Service, Columbia University by Maurice Annenberg. New York: Book Arts Press, 1980.

Tracy, Walter. Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design. Boston: David R. Godine, Inc, 2003.

Typographic Messenger, “History and Manufacture of Wood Type: A Visit to Wm. H. Page & Co.’s Factory,” July 1869.

Wegner, J. P. The Unique S. Cooke & Co.’s Wood Type Specimen. Sydney: Brandywine Press & Archive, 1986.