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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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Typeface design

Series consists of material related to Rimmer’s design and production of typefaces for both the Rimmer Type Foundry and the Lanston Type Company. Records include preliminary sketches, drawings in ink and pencil, transparencies, samples, digital print-outs, electronic files, master patterns, specimen castings, matrices, lead working patterns, and cast metal sorts. Some files contain notes and instructions for modification, and some include explanatory comments written by Rimmer. Electronic files were created by Rimmer on a Macintosh computer using the typeface design software IKARUS and saved to 3.5" floppy disks and compact discs.

Rimmer, Jim

Hannibal Mac font

File consists of records documenting Rimmer’s design of the Hannibal typeface, named after the birthplace of Mark Twain. Records include tracing paper samples, digital print-outs using the Ikarus program, instructions to self regarding modifications and required future work, samples, and printed letters. File also includes a sample of the Amethyst typeface.

Rimmer, Jim

Quill

File consists of records related to Rimmer’s typeface design of Quill, first designed in 1985, but not cut until 2005. Records include an explanatory note from Rimmer explaining the design and typeface creation process, sample prints, photocopies, transfer paper, and drawings, as well as two master pattern cards for the letters “o” and “p”.

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

Posh initials – Lt. & Med., Credo Sans

File consists of records related to the design of the Posh and Credo typefaces. Records include large pencil and ink sketches of the former, and sketches and digitally-printed samples of the latter using the Ikarus program.

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

Kaatskill

File consists of records related to the design of the Kaatskill typeface, including digitally-printed samples and various sketches. Records also include a set of notes relating Rimmer’s process in reviving this typeface, referring to attached samples, portions of finished art ready for digitization, linear drawings, and initial drawings. These notes are numbered in the order in which each step is carried out. Also includes a sample of Goudy’s use of Kaatskill in Rip Van Winkle.

Rimmer, Jim

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