An early Mexican typographic ornament : 554-1686
- Santa Rosa, Tacámbaro, Michoacán, Mexico : Taller Martín Pescador, 2019.
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- 1 volume (unpaged)
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- Pascoe, Juan.
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- Pascoe, Mexico's greatest modern hand-printer, has long made a study of early Mexican printing, printers, and typography. Here he traces the use of a fourchée cross designed, cut, and cast by Antonio Espinosa and first used in 1554 and subsequently was part of the typographic repetoire of Pedro Balli, Antonio Ricardo, Pedro Ocharte, Melchor Ocharte, Diego López Dávalos, Enrico Martinez, Cornelio Adrián César, and Juan Ruíz. In addition to the discussion of its use by the various printers, Pascoe also offers interesting and sometimes new biographical information on the printers based on archival documents. His assessment of each printer's skills is informed by his eye and decades of experience as a handpress printer. His text is illustrated by more than 20 color illustrations and by examples of each printer's signature In all, a totally satisfying work on the skills and personalities and, at times, tribulations of these early New World printers.