Stephen Herold Books and Documents

Calligraphy Books

Letters Redrawn From The Trajan Inscription In Rome
by Edward M. Catich

Davenport, Iowa, Catfish Press, St. Ambrose College [c1961]. Text volume in orange-brown cloth inserted in a pocket in an orange-brown cloth folding box into which the 93 plates are also inserted. Some plates show browning, otherwise VG+. The text volume is inscribed on the recto of the blank leaf before the half-title. Also signed by Catich on the same page. The text volume has a three-page preface by W. A. Dwiggins. 44 pp. 16 numbered figures. The text was printed from calligraphy by Catich, "using a semiformal hand called Petrarch" made with a "snipped fountain pen. " The inscription cut on the base of the Trajan column in Rome "is generally regarded as the finest existing example of the work of the best period of Roman monumental lettering. " It is believed that the letters were first written with a brush, then carved into the stone. One of the world's finest calligraphers, the Rev. E.M. Catich lived and worked at St. Ambrose University for more than 40 years. His work is preserved in the Catich Gallery, thought to be the only gallery devoted to calligraphy in the United States.

VG+ and scarce