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Jim Rimmer collection
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“Amphora” 76

File consists of a copy of Amphora 76, the journal of the Alcuin Society, and whose cover Rimmer designed and printed, and a separate copy of the cover. The journal also features an article written by Rimmer, and is set in his Kaatskill typeface. File also consists of the blocks used to print the cover illustration.

Rimmer, Jim

“Fred Goudy” galleys

File consists of galleys of “Fred Goudy, typesetter?” written by Jim Rimmer as the first book attempted by Pie Tree Press. Records show the mock-up of the proposed book, which was never completed. Includes an introduction, text, and prints, with hand-written comments for modification. Galleys are handset in 14 point Kennerley Old Style and italics. Rimmer completed the design, typesetting, woodblock illustration, presswork and binding for the project.

Rimmer, Jim

“Fred Goudy, Type Designer” pages

File consists of two unfolded press sheet pages of “Fred Goudy, Type designer”; records are of the front page, and pages 10 and 12. One copy of “Fred Goudy, type designer.”

Rimmer, Jim

“Printing History” controversy correspondence

File consists of correspondence concerning two articles featured in “Printing History” related to the design of an italic type to accompany Time 54. Records include correspondence from typographers and typographic historians John Dreyfus, Harold Berliner, Paul Duensing, and Walter Tracey. Records also include letters from Mike Parker, the author of “W. Starling Burgess, Type Designer?” which sparked the controversy, and an explanatory note written by Rimmer.

Rimmer, Jim

“Printing History” journals

File consists of two copies of “Printing History”, the journal of the American Printing History Association. Issues feature articles concerning W. Starling Burgess and the design of an italic type to accompany the Times 54 typeface, and highlight the controversy over its design. The 1998 issue includes articles authored by Rimmer.

Rimmer, Jim

A Christmas Carol blocks

File consists of blocks engraved by Rimmer used to pull prints for the Pie Tree Press publication of A Christmas Carol. Page numbers of the illustrations are indicated on the side of the blocks.

Rimmer, Jim

Albertan

File consists of records related to Rimmer’s typeface design of Albertan, named after his wife. Records include ink, pencil and digital sketches in ink and pencil, mounted sketches, doodles, and samples. Sketches are of Albertan, Albertan Bold, and Albertan Italic.

Rimmer, Jim

Albertan Bold

File consists of records related to the design of the “Albertan Bold” typeface, named after Rimmer’s wife, Alberta. Records include pencil sketches, and a cover used for a book of design samples featuring the Lancelot Titling and Garamond types.

Rimmer, Jim

Albertan metal and digital

File consists of records related to the design of the Albertan typeface, named after Rimmer’s wife, Alberta. Records include pencil and ink sketches on tracing paper and sketching paper, a printout of all types available from Rimmer, transfers of the type, and a keepsake printed for the American Typecasting Fellowship 1990 conference, held in Nevada City, California, explaining the design process and availability of the type.

Rimmer, Jim

Alcuin Press material

File consists of excerpts of “Ten Canadian Private Presses,” published by the Alcuin Press in 2002. The excerpts include an article discussing Rimmer’s work and several samples of his type and illustrative work.

Rimmer, Jim

Art prints and illustrations

Series consists of numerous prints and illustrations created by Rimmer as art pieces, as well as linocut blocks, woodcut blocks and stencils created by Rimmer to produce prints. Includes images of animals, people, still life, Frederic W. Goudy and keepsakes created for the American Typecasting Fellowship, (A.T.F.) and other associations.

Rimmer, Jim

Being Five or Six

File consists of records related to the printing of “Being Five or Six”, created for Wayzgoose 84. Records include a copy of the text, a preliminary mockup with corrections, and a copy of the final product. The book is printed on mulberry paper, and handset in Juliana Old Style. Lino block illustrations were also completed by Rimmer.

Rimmer, Jim

Broadside of Leaves from the Pie Tree

File consists of a single broadside for Leaves from the Pie Tree, Rimmer’s forthcoming autobiographical work. Record is noted to be page 1 of the publication, and the text introduces Rimmer’s work.

Rimmer, Jim

Cartier lowercase

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of the Cartier lowercase typeface, inspired by Carl Dair’s Cartier typeface designed for Canada’s centennial in 1967. Records include prints and proofs of the design at various stages of development. Records also include a pamphlet providing information on Dair’s design process, a master pattern card of the letter ‘b’, and a sample print to be used for wrapping the font.

Rimmer, Jim

Christmas keepsake books

File consists of six Christmas keepsake books, including two keepsakes printed by Pie Tree Press: “Sounds of Singing” (three copies) and “The Legend of the Christmas Tree”.

Rimmer, Jim

Commercial work

Series consists of sample, draft and completed commercial work produced by Rimmer as a free-lance designer employed by various companies, organizations and individuals. Records include items completed by Rimmer for Colophon Books, including Alison’s Fishing Birds and preliminary work on Allen Ginsberg’s Meditations at Lake Louise; editorial cartoons created by Rimmer for the Williams Lake Tribune from 1960 to 1961; and numerous prints, paintings, and logos created for commercial purposes. Companies, organizations and individuals represented include Murchie’s Tea and Coffee Ltd., Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Air Canada, Vancouver Public Library, Hot Jazz Club, the band Heart, Whistler village, Shrine Circus, and Douglas & McIntyre Publishers.

Rimmer, Jim

Correspondence

Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of a personal and business nature between Rimmer and various members of the printing community, including Paul Duensing, Jules Remedios Faye, Richard L. Hopkins, Richard Kegler, Robert R. Reid, William Rueter, Andrew Steeves, Christopher Stern and Alan C. Waring. Correspondence includes technical advice and comments on recent work. Records also include contact information, thank you letters and prints, as well as correspondence related to various organizations, including the American Typecasting Fellowship, Typochondriacs and the Alcuin Society.

Rimmer, Jim

Cotillion

File consists of records related to the design of the Cotillion typeface. Records include ink and pencil sketches on both paper and tracing paper and digitally-printed samples using the Ikarus program.

Rimmer, Jim

Cree

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of the Cree Syllabic typeface, a revival of the typeface devised and cut by Reverend James Evans in the early 19th century. Records include the first proof of the type and sketches in ink and pencil, as well as information concerning Rev. Evans, a syllabic chart, copies of the syllables to be cut, and correspondence from Robert Bringhurst. File also contains an explanatory note added by Rimmer to explain his motivation and design process.

Rimmer, Jim

Cree typeface

Record includes the master patterns in both metal and wood and board, and specimen castings.

Rimmer, Jim

Dickens proof sheets

File consists of proof sheets of the text to be printed in Rimmer’s publication of A Christmas Carol. Records include edits and notes by Rimmer and Crispin.

Rimmer, Jim

Dummy of A Christmas Carol

File consists of a dummy of A Christmas Carol demonstrating the publication process. Dummy includes samples binding options, preliminary sketches, optional designs and lettering and printed text.

Rimmer, Jim

Early Printers in the City of Venice

File contains five broadsides of “Early Printers in the City of Venice”, which Rimmer reset from an original text page by Bruce Rogers. The piece showcases Goudy’s Italian Oldstyle in two font sizes. The broadsides were printed by Rimmer for members of Graphic Designers of Canada, and each copy is initialed by Rimmer.

Rimmer, Jim

Fellowship

File consists of records related to the design of the Fellowship typeface, designed by Rimmer subsequent to his attendance of the American Typecasting Fellowship conference in 1984. Records include sketches on transparency paper, ink drawings, and photocopies made from drawings in two larger sizes; several include edits and notes. Sketches include lower and upper case letters, numbers, and accents. A page printed with samples of the typeface is also included.

Rimmer, Jim

First draft – Times Burgess Italic

File consists of Rimmer’s first sketch of the small caps of an italic type to accompany the Time 54 typeface. Sketches are in pencil on the verso of illustrative proof-sheets.

Rimmer, Jim

General photographs

Series consists of slides and prints featuring images of Jim Rimmer, as well as various aspects and stages of the printing process and the design and cutting of metal typefaces in his studio. Also included is an image of Gerald Giampa.

Hannibal

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of the Hannibal typeface, named after the birthplace of Mark Twain. Records include first and second design sketches, sample print-outs, a transfer sheet of English Garamond, instructions and notes to self, print of the second proof, digital sketches, and a sketch of the parameters of the font.

Rimmer, Jim

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