This wood type letterpress print has been produced as a specimen of the new version of Chromatic Ornate made by Virgin Wood Type Mfg. Co.
The inspiration for Virgin’s Chromatic Ornate was William H. Page’s Ornate No. 1. Page mastered wood type manufacturing in the mid- to late-1800s, and the pinnacle of his craft was published in the the Specimens of Chromatic Wood Types, Borders, Etc. in 1874. Few Page original wood type chromatics survive today and are revered for not only their rarity but for their beauty as well.
This seven color specimen was hand printed by Geri McCormick and James Grieshaber on a Vandercook Universal 3 at the Flower City Arts Center over the course of seven days. The letters are printed in cyan, magenta, yellow, purple, orange, and green, with the colophon in grey. This is an 80lb cover print, measures 13” x 19”, in an edition of 110, signed and numbered.
• 13" x 19"
• Magenta, cyan, yellow, green, orange, purple, and grey ink
• Off-white colored cover stock
• Signed and numbered
• Limited edition of only 110