This is something of a Holy Grail for Mac enthusiasts. In 1987, Enzan-Hoshigumi of Kyoto, produced this very rare software suite for the Macintosh Plus, which enabled the user to produce calligraphic effects on their screen, using their mouse, and then print it out. Nothing like this had been done before. But in a way, it made perfect sense, because Steve Jobs was obsessed with calligraphy.Giving the 2005 commencement address at Stanford, Jobs told the audience about the period when he had dropped out of Reed College, but still snuck into classes that interested him (1973): Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didnt have to take normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science cant capture, and I found it fascinating... If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. This project was the perfect convergence of Jobs' lifelong fascination with Japanese aesthetics, and his vision of technology as an enabler of a new aesthetic. And like all projects related to Jobs, this software suite is beautifully packaged.
It comes in a paulownia wood box the same wood that's traditionally used for presenting and storing Japanese tea bowls and other precious objects. The documentation is beautifully produced. There are ten sheets of washi (mulberry paper), for printing on. The software is on a floppy disk, and there is a second floppy with clip art of traditional Japanese artwork.The set is now 30 years old, and none of it has ever been used. The original price in 1987 for this aesthetic wonder? Google it and see for yourself.
It's mentioned in a number of places, but how many examples have survived? That one has a chipped box, an ugly sticker on the back, and it's missing many of the things that originally came in the box. But here is one with a nearly perfect box (one tiny loss to the lower-right corner of the lid), and everything inside.The item "RARE vintage 1987 Apple Mac Calligraphy software suite complete unused SteveJobs" is in sale since Sunday, October 22, 2017. This item is in the category "Computers/Tablets & Networking\Vintage Computing\Vintage Manuals & Merchandise". The seller is "dollfieville" and is located in San Francisco, California.
This item can be shipped worldwide.