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This class comprises books notable as examples of, or of historic importance in, the arts of printing, type-founding, book illustration in all its media, and bookbinding. The arrangement is 1) by century, 2) by country of printing, 3) by year of publication, and 4) by author. Exceptions formed by certain special collections in this classification are noted below.

Call numbers generally have 3 elements, each separated by a period with no space. Periods are omitted when the call number is written vertically. Additional elements, e.g. size and copy designations, are prefixed or appended as necessary.

First element of call number: the letters Typ, or, the following special designations:

Horblit TypPh

Photographs, books and broadsides in the Horblit Collection

Horblit TypPh Album

Photograph albums in the Horblit Collection. Numbers assigned in sequence, with no attempt at classification.

TypDr

Original drawings and watercolors

TypPh

Photographs and books illustrated with original photographs

TypR

Realia, reserved specifically for printing materials. (Other realia are TypZ). TypR call numbers are sequential, using a hyphen: TypR-1, etc.

TypTS

Type specimens

TypS

Stones and carved plaques. Sequential: TypS-1, etc.

Typ Video

Videotapes

TypW

Writing books

TypZ

Objects, book objects, sculpture, items in need of special shelving

52L-

Decorated paper books. Numbers assigned in sequence, with no attempt at classification, and will retain their 52L number.

See below for the treatment of incunabula.

Second element of call number: a 3-digit number, the first of which indicates the century of publication:

5

16th century

6

17th century

7

18th century

8

19th century

9

20th century

20

21st century

The next 2 numbers represent the country of publication according to the following scheme:

05

Great Britain (except 20th century Ireland = 83Ir)

15

France

20

Germany

22

Austria

25

Italy

30

Belgium

32

Netherlands

35

Portugal

40

Denmark

42

Iceland

44

Norway

46

Sweden

52

Czech Republic/Slovakia

53

Yugoslavia (countries within the boundaries of the former Yugoslavia)

56

Poland

58

Russia

60

Spain

65

Switzerland

70

United States

75-99

Other countries: add the first 2 letters of the country.
Note: many previously classed items will have call numbers without the 2 letters)

75

A (75Ar = Argentina; 75Au = Australia, etc.)

76

B (76Br = Brazil)

77

C (77Ca = Canada; 77Cu = Cuba)

78

D

79

E

80

F

81

G

82

H

83

I (83Is = Israel)

84

J (84Ja = Japan)

85

K

86

L

87

M

88

N

89

O

90

P

91

Q

92

R

93

S

94

T

95

U

96

V

97

W

98

X-Y

99

Z (also used for Books for the blind)

Third element of the call number: a 2-digit number, representing the last 2 digits of the date of the book in hand, followed by a period. If the publication date is only approximate, but can be narrowed to a particular decade, use the first year of the decade, e.g. if [171-?], use 10. If the date can only be narrowed to a particular century, e.g. [17--?], use 99.

Fourth element: a 3-digit number representing the author's surname; this latter is assigned according to the 800 numbering scheme (see Alphabetic Numbering Table for 800 numbers). In the case of modern books (19th century and later), a 4-digit number representing the author's surname is used instead of a 3-digit number, except for Typ classes in which the number of books is not expected to be large.

Attachment: Alphabetic Numbering Table (800 Numbers)

An exception is made for original drawings and albums of original drawings. The second element is a cutter number for the artist, consisting of an upper-case letter for the first letter of the individual's last name followed by the 3 digit number from the 800 table. The last element is a 2 digit number for the last 2 digits of the date of execution and lower-case letter representing the title of the work.

Size designations

As of September 2010, size designations for Typ material agree with the regular author class, with the size at the front of the call number. (Prior to this, the call number would have these at the end.). Miniature books are preceded by a lower case m; broadsides or flat items by a lower case b, p, or pp, according to size. States and issues in this classification are in general distinguished simply by the next higher number in the 800 scheme, though it may sometimes be necessary to use a small a. Facsimiles are classed for the original, and (facs) is added at the end of the classification number, before the size designation.

Drawings are shelved in special boxes, indicated by Sz2, Sz3, or Sz4 following the call number:

39 x 31 cm.

The smallest size (would be Sz 1) is left without size designation.

49 x 38 cm.

Sz2

59 x 43 cm.

Sz3

74 x 59 cm.

Sz4

Albums of original drawings regardless of size are laid flat in the Inner Office and have the designation $$m Album PF at the end of their TypDr call number.

Typ classes for special presses or illustrators

If it is desirable to keep the work of a particular printer or press together in the Typ classification, a capital letter representing that printer or press may be added at the end of the second element of the call number. See below for list of the numbers that have been assigned to date.

When such a collection spans two centuries, numbers in the 100 series must be used for years following that ending in 99, thus: Typ 805D.103.236 = Robert Bridges' Peace ode, printed at the Daniel Press in 1903.

Typ

 

Typ 725B

Bodoni

Typ 805D

Daniel Press

Typ 805K

Kelmscott Press

Typ 805L

Books by Edward Lear

Typ 805LN

Lear Nonsense books

Typ 805P

W. Pickering

Typ 805V

Vale Press

Typ 815D

Books illustrated by Gustave Doré

Typ 815N

Books illustrated by Cham (comte de Noé)

Typ 870L

Little, Brown

Typ 905A

Ashendene Press

Typ 905D

Edmund Dulac

Typ 905D2

Doves Press

Typ 905E

Eragny Press

Typ 905G

Golden Cockerel Press

Typ 905N

Nonesuch Press

Typ 905P

Penguin Books

Typ 905R

Arthur Rackham

Typ 920V

Herman de Vries

Typ 920Z

Books designed by Hermann Zapf

Typ 970A

Overbrook Press

Typ 970F

Flockophobic Press

Typ 970F2

Firefly Press

Typ 970G

Grabhorn Press

Typ 970G2

Granary Books

Typ 970H

Edwin B. Hill

Typ 970H2

James D. Hart

Typ 970H3

August Heckscher

Typ 970L

Limited Editions Club (obsolete)

Typ 970N

John Henry Nash

Typ 970R

Rudolph Ruzicka

Typ 970T

Typophiles

Typ 970TM

Typophiles monographs

Typ 970U

University Press

Typ 970W

James L. Weil

Typ TS

 

TypTS 905C

Caslon

TypTS 905MR

Monotype recorder

TypTS 905S

Stephenson, Blake & Co.

TypTS 920A

Aktiengesellschaft fur Schriftgiesserei

TypTS 920B

Bauer Type Foundry

TypTS 920B2

Bauersche Giesserei Frankfurt

TypTS 920B3

Berthold, H.

TypTS 920G

Genzsch & Heyse

TypTS 920G2

Gronau, Wilhelm

TypTS 920G3

Gursch, Emil

TypTS 920K

Klingspor

TypTS 920K2

Klinkhardt, Julius

TypTS 920K3

Kloberg

TypTS 920K4

Krebs

TypTS 920L

Ludwig & Mayer

TypTS 920M

Mergenthaler Setzmachinen Fabrik Berlin

TypTS 920R

Ruhl

TypTS 920S

Sachs

TypTS 920S2

Schelter & Giesecke

TypTS 920S3

Schriftsgiesserei und Messinglinienfabrik

TypTS 920V

Herman de Vries

TypTS 920Z

Hermann Zapf

Other special Typ classes

Certain special collections within the Typ classification have been treated somewhat differently from the above:

Typ Inc

Used for incunabula in the Typ collection. The 3rd element of the call number is the Proctor number of the volume being cataloged, assigned according to the same system as that employed for the regular Inc classification.

Typ 100

A small collection of the earliest examples of printing on the various continents.

Typ 899

Books for the blind.

Typ 4750-4751

Bruce Rogers collection.

Typ 4890-4990

Thomas Bird Mosher collection.

Typ 6000-6400

W. A. Evans collection of art books.

Typ 6500

William Blake collection. Use the Keynes number for the work. Facsimiles in the collection are given dot numbers.

Typ 8260

Randolph Caldecott collection.

Typ 8300-8305

Walter Crane collection.

Typ 9000

H. R. Guild collection of illustrated book-agent's samples.

Examples

(Typ Classification Scheme)

f Typ Inc 4087

Pliny, the Elder.
Historia naturalis.
[Venice, 1472] (No. 4087 in Proctor; measures more than 28 cm.)

Typ 100.908

Aurora australis.
[Antarctica, 1908] (The first book printed in Antarctica.)

Typ 515.47.456

Holbein, Hans.
Icones mortis.
Lyons, 1547.

f Typ 605.51.454

Hobbes, Thomas.
Leviathan.
London, 1651. (A folio measuring more than 28 cm.)

Typ 920.29.2234

Bock, Alfred.
Der Flurschütz.
Mainz, 1929.

Typ 983Ir.31.435

Gregory, Lady.
Coole.
Dublin, 1931. (Classed for country of publication; 4 digits not necessary for final portion of call number, since the classification is a small one.)

Typ 805D.80.367

Erasmus, Desiderius.
Colloquia duo.
Oxford: Daniel Press, 1880.

TypTS 705.96.261

Caslon (Firm)
A specimen of cast ornaments.
London, 1796.

pf Typ 4751.35

Bible. English. Authorized. 1935.
The Holy Bible.
Oxford, 1935. (Designed by Bruce Rogers; a portfolio measuring more than 46 cm.)

Typ 4709.83

Symons, Arthur.
Silhouettes.
Portland, Me.: T. B. Mosher, 1909.

Typ 6500.42

Blake, William.
The first book of Urizen.
Lambeth, 1794. (No. 42 in Keynes's bibliography.)

Typ 8260.85.7

Goldsmith, Oliver.
An elegy on the glory of her sex …
London, 1885. (Illustrated by Randolph Caldecott.)

Typ 8304.75.10

Crane, Walter.
Aladdin.
London, 1875.