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There are some books where the sum of the whole is greater than the individual parts contributed to the book in question.

Here is one of those books, in my opinion. One of the authors, Stanley Morison (1889-1967) belongs to that most revered group of typographers that has worldwide recognition. The other author George Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948) was recognized as a foremost bibliophile and literary scholar in the United Kingdom. Jackson, over the course of his life, wrote more than 40 books including four books on William Morris, the father of the British Arts and Crafts Movement who in turn fostered the printing of better quality books at his Kelmscott Private Press using type designed by him. The book, we are discussing, is titled A Brief Survey of Printing History and Practice. published in 1923 by Alfred A. Knopf in New York at the sign of the Borzoi, a logo designed a few years earlier by the Czech/American book and type designer as well as wood-engraver, Rudolph Ruzicka (1883-1978).

The book measures 5 3/4″ x 9″. It has a paper label on the cloth spine and the boards are covered in a blue and cream Arts and Crafts geometric pattern. It has 87 pages and was printed in England by the Kynoch Press, itself a reputable printing house. Stanley Morison’s importance stems from the fact that after working as a book designer and consultant to a number of Presses like the Pelican Press, Cloister Press and being one of the editors at the short lived Fleuron bibliophile publication he was asked by the Times of London newspaper to come up with a new design for the type used by the newspaper.

In 1931, the type known as Times New Roman was adopted by the Times newspaper and the type was put up for sale by the Monotype Corporation one year later for commercial use. It remained in use at the Times for 40 years until modern printing changes forced a change in the type they used. We still use Times Roman or a variation of this type in every word program by Microsoft. It remains one of the most popular book publishing printing types, albeit with small changes here and there to date. I would like to share a chapter from the book with you below. Once hooked on type always on type.

So there you go, he ends the chapter with Goudy, which we covered extensively previously.

 

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