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By Frederic Goudy

KAATSKILL OLDSTYLE: This type I made specifically for use in an edition of Rip Van Winkle which I was making for the Limited Editions Club. As to its inspiration, I have not the slightest recollection; what I had in mind was merely to design a type "as simple, legible, vigorous, clear and effective in detail as I could, and which would at the same time show no note of strangeness in the mass." I feel that Kaatskill owes nothing in its design to any existing face, and the type therefore is as truly an American type as anything so hidebound by tradition as type can be. In the publisher's note in this edition of Rip Van Winkle I said—borrowing a phrase from the author's prefatory note to Rip Van Winkle in the first edition of The Sketch Book–"the type itself is not a whit better than it should be."

The type has an added interest in the fact that it was designed, cut, and set in the immediate vicinage of Irving's story—in the foothills of Rip's own Kaatskill mountains, at Marlborough-on-the-Hudson, on my own premises which are said to have been part of the land whereon "Wolfert's Roost" was located.

To execute a commission to print for the Carteret Book Club "a transcript of the diary of an Essex County Maid during the Revolutionary War," I cut the 12-point size and added the long (s) and ligatures which the copy called for; also I cut a lower-case superior "e" from the same 'e' pattern used for the "e's" in the text.

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