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September 23, 2015 at 7:20 AM #24342


Digital copies of formerly unavailable volumes of The Inland Printer were contributed to the Hathi Trust last year by one or more libraries of the University of California.

In the process of viewing them, a nearly complete set of William E. Loy’s original series on Designers and Engravers of Type has been assembled.

The only missing installment is No. 2—the biography of James West (20:774, March 1898). Apparently, sometime during the past 100+ years, a “smarty-pants” UC student felt justified in removing it… So far, the UC copy is the only one known to be digitally archived.

As luck (or poetic justice?) would have it, this very article was included by Oak Knoll Press in a preview of Loy’s republished work as introduced and illustrated with type specimens by Alastair M. Johnston and Stephen O. Saxe.¹

Instead, the reprint is substituted—with the perfect opportunity to perhaps dispel Loy’s possible confusion between the BBS-assigned designs for Hazel Script and Hazlett Script.

  • Hazel Script was patented by William W. Jackson in January–April 1890 [USPTO D19753]. Surely, James West may have cut it.
  • Hazlett Script was patented by Mr. West’s son John in December 1890–February 1891 [USPTO D20514].

The full series is available for download.

¹Johnston, A.M.; Saxe, S.O. [Editors] (2009): William E.Loy |Nineteenth-Century American Designers and Engravers of Type. Oak Knoll Books, New Castle, DE.



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