Type loves carpeting
When Mark Arman
closed his Workshop Press we were fortunate to be able to buy his holding of
Perpetua, Caslon and various other faces. The bulk of Mark's founts were of
Monotype composition type, and it is these that are pictured in this image. We
also bought foundry founts from Stephenson Blake of various sizes of Perpetua
and Caslon shortly before SB closed their foundry, and some of Mark's SB founts
were merged with them. We now have useful quantities of foundry 14pt Perpetua
and Caslon for hand-setting, and an excellent range of other sizes up to 72pt,
including Perpetua titling founts from 18pt up to 72pt.
Visitors to the Press
often comment on the sumptuous carpeting. It certainly helps stop the cold
striking up through the feet during long hand-setting stints standing in front
of the random. But, almost as important, it also means that if you do
drop a piece of type - especially that 60pt Caslon italic swash cap A - it's
still usable and not ruined by falling on concrete.