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Text and mockup of A Christmas Carol

File consists of preparatory material for the layout of A Christmas Carol. Records include a photocopy of the text marked up to show the spacing to be used in Rimmer’s layout, including page and line breaks. Records also include a mockup of the publication with pasted text, sketches, and indications of the placement of illustrations. File also includes an overview of illustration placement.

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

Sample covers for A Christmas Carol

File consists of potential bindings to be used for A Christmas Carol, including measurement information, decorative options, and sample fabrics, including leather and suede. Records also include two sheets of paper printed with a decorative pattern.

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

Proof for Emily Carr Institute typography class

File consists of two copies of a proof for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The proof shows the “Hannibal Oldstyle” typeface and includes a linocut print. Proofs were created for students of Linda Coe’s typography class at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, March 2004. Both proofs are initialed by Rimmer.

Rimmer, Jim

Second attempt at Tom S[awyer]

File consists of Rimmer’s second attempt to print The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and records illustrating the creation of a book discussing Rimmer’s work. Records include 12 pages of galley proofs set in 18 point Cloister, mock-ups of both texts, with edits, sketches, and notes concerning costs and materials.

Rimmer, Jim

Tom Sawyer – 1st attempt

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s trial setting of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 18-point Juliana Old Style type. Records include sample pages of text and accompanying linocut illustration prints. File also includes original sketch of featured print.

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

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

File consists of a copy of “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, a Christmas keepsake printed by Rimmer. Text is based on a letter to the New York Sun in 1897 from 8 year old Virginia O’Hanlon, and the response by editor Francis Church. The file also contains three other printed keepsakes of this 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

Masquerading North

File contains two broadsides of “Masquerading North”, a poem by Robert Kroetsch, illustrated and printed by Rimmer on handmade paper by Brian Queen. The print was made for Cameron Treleaven of Aquila Books, Calgary. The copies are initialed by Rimmer, Queen, and Kroetsch. Note attached to verso explains the making of the paper, including the location where the material was collected.

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

Press sheets of “Fred Goudy, Type Designer”

File consists of numerous folded press sheets created in 1979 for “Fred Goudy, Type Designer”, as well as prints and mockup notes. File also contains a letter written by Rimmer explaining the process of this project and the reason for the project’s abandonment.

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

Mockup of “Fred Goudy, Type Designer”

File consists of records documenting the planned layout of “Fred Goudy, Type Designer”. Records include the text pasted to mock-up pages, showing how the finished book would appear. Includes hand-written notes, edits and a chronology of Goudy’s work.

Rimmer, Jim

“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

Media articles

File consists of copies of articles about Rimmer’s work from various media sources, including “aq, the magazine of SFU”, “Inkings”, “Print Action”, and “The Printer”.

Rimmer, Jim

Miscellaneous prints, small

File consists of four miscellaneous broadsides. Records include a keepsake printed for the first Vancouver Antique Book Fair by Barbarian Press; a Duthie Books book mark, “Goudy Initials” created by the Lanston Type Company; a print of Tom Sawyer and a bird; and a print of an unFile titled poem and accompanying illustration.

Rimmer, Jim

Miscellaneous photographs

File consists of various photographs documenting Rimmer’s life and work. Photographs show images of Rimmer’s band, the Apex Jazz Band, a Thompson Caster, and various images of the process of type cutting. Also included are photocopied photographs of Giampa visiting Rimmer’s foundry. Members identified in the Apex Jazz Band photograph are: Chris Thornly, Alex Key, Barb Humphries, Mike Lord on the trombone and Jeff Leader on the drum.

Rimmer, Jim

Notes on type cutting

File consists of a single notebook containing text and accompanying sketches explaining the process of type cutting. Records also include sample prints and a metal letter punch.

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

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