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The little ABC book of Rudolf Koch = a facsimile of 'Das ABC Büchlein': PB 35-2003

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The little ABC book of Rudolf Koch = a facsimile of 'Das ABC Büchlein'


Designer: Koch, Rudolf
Designer: Wolpe, Berthold
Illustrator: Kredel, Fritz
Illustrator: Eichenauer, Gustav
Designer: Chappell, Warren
Publisher: David R. Godine, Publisher
Publisher: Merrion Press
Publisher: Friends of the Klingspor Museum
Publisher: Typophiles
Printer: Meriden Gravure Company
Binder (person): Robert Burlen & Son



With a memoir by Fritz Kredel and a preface by Warren Chappell. Photoreprint of the 1934 ed. published by Insel-Verlag, Leipzig, with new prefatory material in English. "The twenty-four decorative alphabets presented in this little book were first written by Koch and Berthold Wolpe, his co-worker in calligraphy, and then cut in wood and lead by Fritz Kredel and Gustav Eichenauer"-- preface.

With special dedication and message to John Dreyfus from Warren Chappell.

[21] p,[29] leaves

Place(s) associated

  • Boston
  • London
  • Offenbach
  • New York

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2003-05) by Dreyfus, John


Production date: AD 1976


"... conceived and designed by Warren Chappell has been printed at The Meriden Gravure Company on Mohawk Superfine paper. The type, set by Finn Typographic Service, is Trajanus, designed by Mr. Chappell for D. Stempel A.G. in 1939. The book has been bound by Robert Burlen & Son. The facsimile plates were made from a copy of DAS ABC BÜCHLEIN in Rudolf Koch's personal library through the courtesy of the Klingspor-Museum. ... 1000 copies for David R. Godine; 300 copies for the Merrion Press; 650 copies for The Friends of the Klingspor-Museum; 550 copies for The Typophiles as Chap Book Fifty-Three"-- Colophon.

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Materials used in production

Printing ink

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: PB 35-2003
Primary reference Number: 94431
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 8 May 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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