From July 18 to 23, a comprehensive, hands-on “type camp” will be held at the WNY Book Arts Center. The type camp websitestates:
Campers will experiment with timeless techniques including papermaking, foil stamping, and even typecasting during this intensive hands-on week. There will be field trips to type dealers, rare book collections, and as a special experience, the final day of camp will take place at the legendary Roycroft press.
Similar successful camps have been held in London, England; Chennai, India; and Galiano Island, Canada. Buffalo has a prestigious history in type founding and printing. The Rare Book Room has a collection of Buffalo printers and type specimen books. One such book, Specimen Book of Plain and Ornamental Printing Types by Nathan Lyman is highlighted here.
Type founder Nathan Lyman began his career working for Elihu White in 1810. Later, he was affiliated with R. Starr and Company in Albany. In 1835, he moved to Buffalo with his wife Jane (Van Vaylor) and in May started the Buffalo Type Foundry with the backing of White. Lyman’s business was the first type foundry west of Albany. Later, Lyman owned the foundry outright, and five of his sons joined him in the business. Nathan Lyman died February 16, 1873. Buffalo Type Foundry continued operation by Lyman’s sons and grandsons until 1892, when it was sold to the American Type Founders Company.
For more information on Type Camp and the Western New York Book Arts Center, visit http://www.wnybookarts.org/