Artifex Books is the site of Nicholas Yeager's art and book production.

Percussive Roman is a typeface that inverts and plays with the conventions of printing. In 2015, Nicholas Yeager traveled across the US on a motorcycle, visiting 13 libraries. His blog, Motoscribeni describes some of the items that he found while studying historic calligraphic writing manuals. Percussive Roman and its companion Spelling Alphabet are a result of Yeager's research. The letters are an interpretation   of Giovann Francesco Cresci's inscriptional forms. 

The Spelling Alphabet is reminiscent of a 19th century game played by children learning their alphabet. 

Letters are laser cut into end grain maple and are durable as well as a delight to hold. There's something very sexy about using these letters. 


Our bookbinding kits are on hold for the moment.

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