FREEDOM OF RELIGION – Portfolio of Letterpress Broadsides
Colish, Abraham (1882-1963) American fine printer and publisher.
Oversized folio of letter-press statements from presidents, chief justices, and other American leaders. The folios each measure approximately 12″x19″ and are printed on quality, heavy paper stock. Several are suitable for display. A splendid publication and visual treasure. Great gift for a politician, judge, minister — anyone concerned with the American Bill of Rights. This was a private publication of A. Colish, Inc. and not for sale. Its chief audience were members of the press.
Colish began his career in printing at age twelve in a small printing shop in Bridgeport, Connecticut. By 1907, in New York City, Colish opened his own composing office and specialized in advertising typography. The Press of A. Colish produced work for the Limited Editions Club, the Grolier Club, the Typophiles, Colophon, the Pforzheimer Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, publisher Henry Schuman, and others. In addition to business records, advertising, print jobs, and reference materials, the collection includes Colish’s correspondence and design work with T.M. Cleland, Bruce Rogers, and Rockwell Kent. Abraham Colish’s son Louis assumed management of the Press upon his father’s death in 1963. In the late 1980s, the Press of A. Colish, also known as A. Colish, Inc., merged with Laurel Printing of Elmsford, New York.