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:
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.
Original drawings and watercolors
Photographs and books illustrated with original photographs
Realia, reserved specifically for printing materials. (Other realia are TypZ). TypR call numbers are sequential, using a hyphen: TypR-1, etc.
Stones and carved plaques. Sequential: TypS-1, etc.
Objects, book objects, sculpture, items in need of special shelving
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:
The next 2 numbers represent the country of publication according to the following scheme:
Great Britain (except 20th century Ireland = 83Ir)
Yugoslavia (countries within the boundaries of the former Yugoslavia)
Other countries: add the first 2 letters of the country.
A (75Ar = Argentina; 75Au = Australia, etc.)
B (76Br = Brazil)
C (77Ca = Canada; 77Cu = Cuba)
I (83Is = Israel)
J (84Ja = Japan)
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.
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.
59 x 43 cm.
74 x 59 cm.
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.
Books by Edward Lear
Lear Nonsense books
Books illustrated by Gustave Doré
Books illustrated by Cham (comte de Noé)
Golden Cockerel Press
Herman de Vries
Books designed by Hermann Zapf
Edwin B. Hill
James D. Hart
Limited Editions Club (obsolete)
John Henry Nash
James L. Weil
Stephenson, Blake & Co.
Aktiengesellschaft fur Schriftgiesserei
Bauer Type Foundry
Bauersche Giesserei Frankfurt
Genzsch & Heyse
Ludwig & Mayer
Mergenthaler Setzmachinen Fabrik Berlin
Schelter & Giesecke
Schriftsgiesserei und Messinglinienfabrik
Herman de Vries
Other special Typ classes
Certain special collections within the Typ classification have been treated somewhat differently from the above:
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.
A small collection of the earliest examples of printing on the various continents.
Books for the blind.
Bruce Rogers collection.
Thomas Bird Mosher collection.
W. A. Evans collection of art books.
William Blake collection. Use the Keynes number for the work. Facsimiles in the collection are given dot numbers.
Randolph Caldecott collection.
Walter Crane collection.
H. R. Guild collection of illustrated book-agent's samples.
(Typ Classification Scheme)
f Typ Inc 4087
Pliny, the Elder.
f Typ 605.51.454
pf Typ 4751.35
Bible. English. Authorized. 1935.