An Introduction to the History of Printing Types: An Illustrated Summary of the Main Stages in the Development of Type Design from 1440 up to the Present Day: An Aid to Type Face Identification

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Acknowledgements

I am indebted, above all, to Mr A. F. Johnson of the British Museum for his help with this book, particularly for reading and correcting the text, for assistance with the choice of illustrations, and for counsel at all times so readily and freely given.

Likewise my grateful thanks are due to Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell for wise advice on a number of things connected with the contents of this book, for his encouragement, and for his help in choosing from his library the Venetian MS an example from which is shown on page 20.

Dr B. Frans Enschedé was kind enough to send me the material for the examples on pages 74, 119, 120, 152, and 153 and to settle a number of queries on the decorated types of Jacques and Matthais Rosart. The safes of the Caslon Letter Foundry revealed some of their treasures to me. For the illustrations on pages 141, 151, 159, 164, 165, 166, 168, 172, 174, 178, 182, 184, 194 & 196 and for the type from which the heading on page 97 was reproduced I am obliged to Sir Francis Stephenson, Mr James B. Blake and Mr Charles Stephenson, each of whom have given most generously of their time, assistance and advice.

I am also indebted to Professor A. Ruppel, Director of the Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, for sending me the illustration shown on page 4, to M. Arnoult of the Imprimerie Nationale for so generously making available many examples of the work of the celebrated French type-cutters of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and for giving me permission to reproduce those shown on pages 67, 78, 88, 89 & 90.

I would like to thank the Trustees of the British Museum for permitting me to reproduce the illustrations on pages 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 44, 46, 48, 49, 50, 52, 54, 56, 57, 58, 60, 66, 69, 70, 71, 72, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 86, 93, 95, 108, 112, 114, 116, 118, 121, 122, 123, 124, 126, 128, 135, 136, 137, 139, 144, 146, 149, 154, 162, and 173; and also to acknowledge the help given to me by Mr George Painter, and the staff of the North Library; by Mr D. H. Turner, Assist

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Contents xv
  • List of Illustrations xvii
  • Introduction xxi
  • Part One the Book Types I 3
  • Gothic 5
  • Roman Venetian 19
  • Roman Old Face 31
  • The Italics 43
  • The Intermediate1 or Transitional Romans 59
  • The Modern-Face Romans 75
  • The Modernized Italics 87
  • Old Style 97
  • Twentieth- Century Types 101
  • Part Two the Display Types 109
  • II 109
  • Latin or Renaissance Scripts 127
  • Decorated 145
  • Shaded 155
  • Fat Face 161
  • Antique or Egyptian 169
  • Shadowed or Three-Dimensional1 175
  • Sans Serif 179
  • Reversed or Cameo 183
  • Ionic 187
  • Outline or Open 191
  • Clarendon 195
  • Calligraphic 199
  • Stencil 203
  • Typewriter 205
  • Miscellaneous Display Types 207
  • Notes on the Illustrations 209
  • Appendix I 264
  • Appendix II Serifs 267
  • Bibliography 269
  • Index 273
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