Housing one of the world’s finest and most extensive collections of typographic history, San Francisco-based Letterform Archive has over 60,000 objects relating to the history of lettering. Opened to the public in 2015, the Archive has held many sales of reference books and type foundry ephemera, has now turned its attention to mounting a sale of the hundreds of duplicate donations it has received that can ‘deaccessioned’, or released to the public, having ‘reserved the rarest gems for a moment when we could offer them all together in a globally accessible auction’.
This will happen on 12th May when New York’s Swann Galleries, one of the world’s premier auction houses for art and design, will hold the Archive’s first auction, offering the opportunity to bid online for iconic pieces of graphic design, including prints, books, periodicals, type specimens, and other typographic ephemera. The Galleries seek to make bidding as easy as possible for novice buyers. A catalogue is available to browse. A special treat for graphic designers comes the following day, with their annual Graphic Design sale.