New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual (Circa 1970) Found, and Posted Online.

First Edition books are held in high regard. Recently, a signed, first edition copy of Ulysses by James Joyce sold for $440,000 at auction. It was a rare find for Joyce fans. 

And for Graphic Design aficionados, here is another great find.

In 1970, Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda of Unimark International designed the first edition of the Graphics Standards Manual for the New York City Transit Authority. The Manual (or style guides as they are now often called) outlines the rules and regulations for the use of typefaces and colors for use in subway station signage, and all sorts of New York City transit plaques, notices, and posters. 

The now historical document was discovered inside a locker beneath old gym clothes at the New York office of the design firm Pentagram. And now, New York City-based designers Niko Skourtis, Jesse Reed, and Hamish Smythe have posted images of the manual online.

No word as to whether the original will be put up for auction...but we can dream about it.

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