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Type musea

[Drawing by Ronald Searle published in Le Figaro in 1955 entitled No Smoking]


ABC Typographie Musée virtuel typographique

About 40 famous type families are shown, with links and a brief history. Pages (in french) by Jean-Christophe Loubet del Bayle. [Google] [More]  ⦿

ABC Typography

A virtual museum of typography. Classical typefaces. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Allard Pierson

Museum in Amsterdam that houses collections of the University of Amsterdam. It is headed by Mathieu Lommen. One part of the museum deals with designa and typography. It contains, e.g., a series of works given to the university by Lettergieterij Amsterdam, voorheen N. Tetterode, in 1971, and houses the archivers of S.H. de Roos, Dick Elffers, Atie Siegenbeek van Heukelom, Jurriaan Schrofer, Jan van Toorn, Gerard Unger and Irma Boom. [Google] [More]  ⦿

American Sign Museum

Founded by Tod Swormstedt, former editor and publisher of Signs of the Times magazine, the American Sign Museum (est. 2005) is based in Cincinnati, OH. Mike Jackson at the American Sign Museum lists the top 25 early sign making books, roughly in order of his personal preference. Many of these contain great alphabets that can provide inspiration. His list with Mike Jackson's comments in italic:

  • Frank Atkinson: Art of Sign Painting (1909, 1915, 1929, 1937, 1983, 1985, 1991). Probably the single most influential sign making book of its time.
  • C.J. Strong: Strong's Book of Designs (1910, 1917, 1982). C.J. Strong was very influential in the sign world following the turn of the century. This book has been reprinted several times, however all the early editions were spattered with wonderful color plates. Strong was also responsible for the Detroit School of Lettering at this time.
  • R. Henderson: Henderson Sign Painter (1906, 1991). Another of the sought after period books; originals are fairly scarce. R. Henderson seemed to be the person responsible for compiling the book of plates by various noteworthy sign designers of the time. The Denver artist, John G. Ohnimus, stands out among the group with striking images, lettering, and layouts.
  • Al. Imelli: Alphabets and Layouts (1922). Loaded with alphabets.
  • Fred Knopf: Coast Manual of Lettering and Designs (1907). Fred Knopf and J. M. Mahaffey compiled a wonderful book of layouts, designs, and alphabets using some of their own material and a who's who list of outstanding sign designers of the period.
  • J.N. Halsted: Modern Ornament & Design (1927, 1985). An original of this little jewel is very hard to find. With no alphabets, J.N. Halsted concentrated on illustrations, ornaments and graphic design.
  • E.C. Matthews: Sign Painting Course (1954, 1958). This book is heavily illustrated with his layouts, letterstyles, and ornaments but the text which covers about half of each page is equally informative.
  • Thaddeus David: David's Practical Letterer (1903). This book was published by Thaddeus Davids Company but was compiled by Sidney Hackes and was illustrated by Arnold Binger. The first half of the book is fairly generic with basic instructions on brush and pen lettering.
  • Charles Wagner: Blueprint Textbook of Sign & Showcard Lettering (1926). Charles Wagner operated the Wagner School of Sign Arts in Boston and this book was used as the textbook.
  • E.L. Koller: Artistic Showcards-How to Design and Make Them (1924). E.L. Koller was the Director of Art Schools for the International Correspondence Schools and it appears it was mostly his artwork used in those textbooks. This book includes layouts, letterstyles, color schemes and ornamentation.
  • H.C. Martin: 1000 Showcard Layouts (1928, 1930, 1984). An amazing book if only from the realization of the effort it took to produce it! H.C. Martin, a frequent contributor to Signs of the Times Magazine, was commissioned to produce a book of 1000 showcard layouts specifically to be used in a book.
  • Samuel Welo: Studio Handbook (1927, 1935). This book features numerous hand-lettered alphabets and several pages of ornaments, dingbats, and panel layouts.
  • W.A. Herberling: Basic Lettering (1922). W.A. Heberling was the Instructor of Sign, Scene, and Pictorial Painting at the Mooseheart Vocational Institute in Mooseheart, IL. This book was also used as a textbook, taking beginners through the basics right up to painted pictorial billboards.
  • Ashmun Kelly: The Expert Sign Painter (1910 (1922)). Ashmun Kelly wrote this book for the technical side of the sign trade audience. He explains some of the most complex elements and techniques of the trade including gilding, mirroring, frosting, and embossing.
  • Raymond J. LeBlanc: Gold Leaf Techniques (1961 (plus numerous reprints)). Raymond J. LeBlanc wrote the quintessential book on working with goldleaf of the time. With a few revisions to allow for updated materials, most of the techniques described in his first book are still being used today.
  • Don Sturdivant: Modern Showcard and Theatrical Lettering (1948). Don Sturdivant produced this book at a time when showcards were still commonplace from department stores to theaters. By that time, showcard writing was a fairly specialized part of the sign industry even though the same theories of layout and design applied across the board.
  • Bill Boley: Basiks of Lettering (1952). Bill Boley's general script look was quickly adopted by many of the handlettering artists of the day. Only six different alphabets are shown.
  • Alf R. Becker: One Hundred Alphabets (1941). Alf Becker produced this book for Signs of the Times Publishing Company and who advertised it in their magazines for quite a few years. There were numerous other titles touting a collection of alphabets, but this one seems to have been the most popular even though finding an original is still tough.
  • Duke Wellington: Theory and Practice of Poster Art (1934, 1986). Duke Wellington worked in some of the finest poster and card shops of the time and many of the projects in the book have a strong movie theme. While there are several color plates, the majority of the book consists of black and white photos of his cards and numerous pages of Deco style images and layouts.
  • J.M. Bergling: Art Alphabets and Lettering (1918). J.M. Bergling produced four books of merit which were considered technical art books. They were produced for architects, craftsmen, engrossers, engravers, lettering specialists and commercial artists and were reprinted numerous times throughout the century. The latest known editions were printed in 1980.
  • George: Speedball Lettering Books (1923-1952). A constant source of inspiration.
  • E.L. Koller: ITC & ICS- Correspondence School Textbooks (1924-1935). During this period, the International Textbook Company and International Correspondence School produced dozens of sign-related books. Actually these were textbooks usually sharing some of the same chapters. E.L. Koller is credited with much of the text and illustrations used in the textbooks and he did produce a similar set of stand alone books with much of the same information.
  • H.C. Martin: Martin's Idea Books 1-4 (1935-1937). This group of four Speedball-sized booklets showcased Martin's later work with even more zest and eye appeal than the original book. #4 was produced in 1937.
  • C.J. Strong: Detroit School of Lettering 1-10 (1905). C.J. Strong owned and operated the Detroit School of Lettering along with a mail order supply department. This group of ten booklets are about the same size as a normal Speedballlettering book, but slightly thinner.
  • D.M. Campana: The Artist and Decorator (1925). An art nouveau text influenced by Alphonse Mucha.
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Archivio Grafica Italiana

Archivio Grafica Italiana is a project conceived and produced by Nicola-Matteo Munari in 2015. It is the first online archive dedicated to the entire Italian graphic design heritage. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Biblioteca Nacional de Espana

List of the typography and type specimen books at the National Library of Spain in Madrid. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bibliothèque de l'école Estienne

As part of the Ecole Supérieure Estienne (18, boulevard Auguste-Blanqui, 75013 Paris, Tél : 01 55 43 47 47: subway Place d'Italie), this library has many books on typography. Free, 9-12 and 1-5, Monday to Friday, except Wednesdays and during the school holidays. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bibliothèque royale de Belgique

Open every day except Sunday, 9-5: Mont des Arts, Boulevard de l'Empereur 4, 1000, Bruxelles. They have a good old book collection, but only a rather minimal collection of books on typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bibliotheqie Nationale de France

The national library of France. Has nice Samples of lettrines, including Alphabet de Paulini (1570), Alphabet des diableries, in Nouvelle collection de lettres de différents genres à l'usage de MM. les peintres et graveurs, A. Caulo (1856), Les Cris de Paris no1 (Paris, Maison Basset, vers 1845), Alphabet comique de Daumier (1836), Alphabet, Kate Greenaway (London, 1885), Alphabet diabolique (1837), Les polichinelles utiles ou l'origine des lettres (1826). Sandrine Maillet accepts donations and specimen of typographic work. They specialize in rare books and historical typographical pieces, but present day work is also being collected right now. Address: Réserve des livres rares, Quai François Mauriac, 75706 Paris Cedex 13. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Bibliotheque Forney

Located at 1, rue du Figuier, 75004 Paris, this quaint old library is rumored to have unpublished Deberny&Peignot typefaces in its archives. [Google] [More]  ⦿

California Historical Society
[Jaime Henderson]

Archivist at the California Historical Society in San Francisco, who reproduced, highlighted and commented on many nice images of classical typefaces. Jaime writes: All the materials I select for Type Tuesdays come from the Kemble Collection, which features type founders' specimen books, printing and graphic design periodicals, ephemera and much more. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cary Graphic Arts Collection

The Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, a library on printing history located at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. Check out the 18th century collection. The original collection of 2,300 volumes was assembled by the New York City businessman Melbert B. Cary, Jr. during the 1920s and 1930s. Cary was director of Continental Type Founders Association, a former president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and proprietor of the private Press of the Woolly Whale. Today the library houses some 20,000 volumes and a growing number of manuscripts and correspondence collections. Also included are impressive holdings on bookbinding, papermaking, type design, calligraphy and book illustration. The goal of developing the digital image database is to enable users all over the world to sample the wealth of rich materials housed in the collection. [Google] [More]  ⦿

C.C. Stern Type Foundry
[Jeff Shay]

The C.C. Stern Type Foundry (Portland, OR) was founded as a working museum and metal type foundry in 2009. The mission of the C.C. Stern Type Foundry is to cultivate a unique connection between industry and the arts in the Pacific Northwest. The organization is one of the few operating type foundries between San Francisco and Vancouver. The organization's ability to make metal type and decorative print elements, and to share that craft with the community, fills a growing need within the Pacific Northwest's network of designers, letterpress printers and book artists. The C.C. Stern Type Foundry honors the memory of C. Christopher Stern, who built and operated the foundry at Stern&Faye, Printers of Sedro-Woolley, Washington. It is run by Jeff Shay (involved in the Museum of Metal Typography), Brian Bagdonas, Rebecca Gilbert, Chris Chen, Connie Blauwkamp and Joseph Green.

Jeff Shay is a printer and photographer who has been making fine art for over 20 years. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction (magna cum laude) in Photography/Fine Art from Art Center College of Design in 1992. Jeff's hands-on printmaking instruction includes lab instruction at Art Center, where he instructed students in and demonstrated photogravure, intaglio etching techniques and lithography. He currently provides private instruction and printing services for artists through his company, Buzzworm Studios. Jeff brings experience in non-profit board positions including past roles as Board Treasurer and Chairman of the Personnel Committee for Food Front Co-operative Grocery in Portland, Oregon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Colgate Collection

The Colgate Collection at McGill University is Canada's finest type book and specimen collection. It probably rivals any collection in North America as well. The link leads you to just the first half of the type specimen collection (Text format for most of that list). Part of the collection on typography. Part of the collection on typefounding and type-cutting. I know that there are fine books at Harvard and other Ivy League libraries, but none (!!!) allows the use of scanners or digital cameras in the rare books divisions. Duplication is possible at a cost well above the purchase price of the (rare) book if you need a reasonable number of copies. But McGill is open for business. Free, democratic, accessible to "the people", even the poor, the way it should be. Cameras and scanners are allowed. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Columbia University

Search for type books in Columbia University's extensive type collection (which comes mainly from Bullen and ATF). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Corpus Typographique Français

A collection of information-packed pages aboiut the history of French type, maintained by the Musée de l'imprimerie de Lyon. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Digital Scriptorium

Housed at Columbia University, The Digital Scriptorium is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Grolier Club

"Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club of New York is America's oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. Named for Jean Grolier, the Renaissance collector renowned for sharing his library with friends, the Club's objective is to foster "the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books." The Club maintains a research library on printing and related book arts, and its programs include public exhibitions as well as a long and distinguished series of publications." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Gutenberg Museum

The Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

Wood type museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hans Reichardt
[Klingspor Museum Offenbach]

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Henry Lewis Bullen

Type historian (b. Ballarat, Australia, 1857-1938), who worked at ATF in New Jersey, and who established the 12,000-volume Typographic Library and Museum in The American Type Founders Building, Jersey City, in 1908 (and which existed there until 1936). It thrived until ATF went bankrupt. In 1936 the Museum collection was acquired by Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt, curator of Rare Books at Columbia University's Butler Library, who was a friend of Bullen's. It is still at Columbia University today. Bullen did more than anyone in America to preserve typographic history, and for this, we have to be thankful. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hermann Zapf: The Fine Art of Letters

13 December 2000 to 10 February 2001: exhibition at The Grolier Club (47 East 60th Street, New York) of Hermann Zapf's work. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jaime Henderson
[California Historical Society]

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Jan Brito

Jan Brito (Jean le Breton) was born around 1415 in Pipriac (Brittany) and moved at a young age to Bruges, the Venice of the North and cultural capital of Europe at the time. There he lived his life and printed in French and Flemish. His publications included the poems of Jacob Van Maerlant. In the 19th century, M. Gilliodts published a thesis that would put Brito's first mobile metal characters around 1445, about ten years ahead of Gutenberg, but that thesis was refuted later on, and the date was changed to 1464. The first printer is probably Johannes Genfleisch (aka Gutenberg) in Mainz, but the Dutch claim it is Laurent Coster from Haarlem. Work by Brito can be found in Kortrijk, Brugge, Edinburgh and the national library of France. Brito, also called the Gutenberg breton, died in Bruges in 1484.

There is a Musée Jan Brito in Pipriac. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Jeff Shay
[C.C. Stern Type Foundry]

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Justin Howes
[The Type Museum]

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Klingspor Museum Offenbach
[Hans Reichardt]

Opened in 1953, this museum in Offenbach has wonderful collections, and specializes in German typography between 1880 and 1950. The site has biographies on over 100 famous typographers. By Hans Reichardt. [Google] [More]  ⦿

List of typographical musea and printers

The best and most complete list of typography-related musea and repositories. Maintained by Jacques André. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mac McGrew

Author of American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century (New Castle, Delaware, Oak Knoll Books, 1996), which describes every known American typeface designed and cast in metal during the 20th century. See also here and here. M.F. McGrew (1912-2007) was also the author of over 300 articles on typography, which ran in trade journals. He was born in Chattanooga, TN, grew up in Pennsylvania, and died in Pittsburgh. His 500-strong book collection was donated to The Museum of Printing in North Andover, Massachusetts, near Boston, where the public can consult them. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mathieu Lommen
[University of Amsterdam: Special Collections]

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Matthew Carter
[Matthew Carter Exhibit]

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Matthew Carter Exhibit
[Matthew Carter]

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Maurice Annenberg

Noted Baltimore printer and type historian. Author (1907-1979) of Type Foundries of America and their Catalogs (1955; see also New Castle, 1994), with historical accounts of each foundry. Later editions have an introduction by Stephen O. Saxe and an index by Elizabeth K. Lieberman. Other books: Advertising, 3000 B.C.-1900 A.D. (1969), A Typographic Journey Through the Inland Printer, 1883-1900 (1977). His extensive type collection is now at the University of Maryland. [Google] [More]  ⦿

McGill University

The rare books collection at McGill University in Montreal has hundreds of books on typography donated to the library by William George Colgate of Toronto ("the William Colgate collection"). It has over 13,000 monographs now on type design and the history of the book, and many specimen books dating from 1850-1950, including a lot of the work of W.A. Dwiggins. Try a keyword search for "type" and "specimen"! The curator is Richard Virr. The person in charge of the Colgate Collection is Donald Hogan. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Melbourne Museum of Printing

Has a nice glossary of typography and printing. [Google] [More]  ⦿

MoMA 2011

A rather puzzling news item reached us in January 2011---the MoMA in New York has acquired 23 digital typefaces for its collection. I wonder how one acquires a typeface? Is there only one original? The typefaces were chosen with a foresight of the scope of the digital revolution, and they all significantly respond to the technological advancements occurring in the second half of the twentieth century. Each is a milestone in the history of typography. One can easily set up a web site that shows those 23 fonts, so what is the point of all this? The 23 acquired typefaces are:

  • American Type Founders: OCR-A (1966)
  • Wim Crouwel: New Alphabet (1967)
  • Matthew Carter: Bell Centennial (1976-78)
  • Matthew Carter:ITC Galliard (1978)
  • Erik Spiekermann: FF Meta (1984-1991)
  • Zuzana Licko: Oakland (1985)
  • Jeffery Keedy: Keedy Sans (1991)
  • Erik van Blokland and Just van Rossum: FF Beowolf (1990)
  • Barry Deck: Template Gothic (1990)
  • P. Scott Makela: Dead History (1990)
  • Jonathan Hoefler: HTF Didot (1991)
  • Neville Brody: FF Blur (1992)
  • Jonathan Barnbrook: Mason (1992)
  • Matthew Carter: Mantinia (1993)
  • Tobias Frere-Jones: Interstate (1993-95)
  • Matthew Carter: Big Caslon (1994)
  • Albert-Jan Pool: FF DIN (1995)
  • Matthew Carter: Walker (1995)
  • Matthew Carter: Verdana (1996)
  • Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones: Mercury (1996)
  • Matthew Carter: Miller (1997)
  • Jonathan Hoefler&Tobias Frere-Jones: Retina (1999)
  • Tobias Frere-Jones and Jesse Ragan: Gotham (2000)
There are obvious biases here towards certain designers. The destructionist era of Brody and Emigre is overrepresented, and Zapf and Frutiger are underrepresented. This is not meant to be a list of best fonts, only those that had a technological design element, but then why is Monaco not there? And if impact is at least a partial criterion, why is Helvetica missing? Also interesting to note that about 50% of the typefaces in the list are interpretations of older designs. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Musée Champollion de Figeac

Jean-François Champollion is the Frenchman who decrypted the Egyptian hieroglyphs. This is a museum dedicated to his work, in the heart of France. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Musée de l'Imprimerie de Lyon

This museum has several hundred letter casts from the 19th and 20th centuries! There are also several hundred type specimen books. History of typography. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Musée du parchemin

This French museum sells useful books with hundreds of examples of medieval alphabets, illuminations, initial caps, and ornaments. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Museo Bodoniano

The Bodoni Museum in Parma. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Museu Virtual de Imprensa

Portuguese virtual museum of printing. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Museum de Historische Drukkerij

Museum in Maastricht, The Netherlands. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Museum für Druckkunst

Printing museum in Leipzig's suburb of Plagwitz (Nonnenstrasse 38), an outgrowth of the old Haas-Drugulin printing house [Drugulin was started in 1829 by Friedrich Nies, became renowned for Asian and African languages, and was merged with Haas in 1928, only to be damaged during WWII, and emerge outdated from the East German era in 1990]. "There are wood and lead printing characters, matrices, steel stamps, in all some thirty tons from the stocks of the best known (no longer existing) typefoundries or printing establishments. Among them are hieroglyphs, cuneiform types, Sanskrit types from the Reichsdruckerei, the Imperial Printers in Berlin and the set of matrices of a gothic script by Jakob Sabon, cut before 1575." In 1992, the Museum was bought by Eckehart SchumacherGebler, a printer from München. Page at MyFonts. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Museum of Industrial Archeology and Textile (MIAT)

Museum in Ghent, Belgium, dedicated to the industrial revolution, and many of its aspects, including the recent history of printing and typesetting. They have a fine collection of antique presses. In July 2007, Peter Van Lancker, Erik Desmyter, Patrick Goossens, Gilbert Decorte and Jos Pastijn organized a spectacular event, called Fata Morgana, in which over 1000 newspapers were printed of The Bornhemsche Gazet of 1831, in letter types of the era (Monotype Modern Extended, specially founded by Gilbert Decorte for the event) on a Perreau&Brault stop cylinderpress, which, for the occasion, was restored by volunteers at the MIAT. Video of the Perreau&Brault in action. Peter Van Lancker's videos of this event. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Museums of typography

List of type museums maintained by the TeX Users Group. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nekrasov Central Library

Moscow-based library which digitized its holdings. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Newberry Library

Public library in Chicago with a great collection of books related to typography. Located at 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610-7324. Paul F. Gehl is the custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing, which is where most of the type books are. In April 2010, I finally had an opportunity to check it out, spending two full days at the library. The positives: the collection is indeed extensive, laptops are allowed, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and one is allowed to take photographs without a flash. The (minor) negatives: tripods and other camera tools are disallowed, and ballpoint pens are forbidden. Also, browsing in the stacks is impossible (as opposed, to, say, Harvard's Houghton library, where books less than about 70 years old are in public stacks). Still, there are some real treasures at the Newberry. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ornamental Prints

Many images from the vaults of the Kunstbibliothek Berlin, UPM Prag and MAK Wien. In German. Many 16th through 19th century books were partially scanned in for everyone's enjoyment. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Planet Typography

Type news. Type museum. Small archive. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Plantin-Moretus Museum

The Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium, and its interactive CD ROM. James Mosley's description: The house and printing-office of Christophe Plantin (died 1589) and his successors became a museum in 1876. The collection of typefounding materials comprises 4,477 punches, 15,825 justified matrices and 4,681 strikes. Among the punchcutters whose work is represented are Claude Garamont, Robert Granjon, François Guyot, Pierre Haultin, Ameet Tavernier, Guillaume I Le Bé, Hendrik van den Keere and J. M. Schmidt. There are 62 moulds from the original collection; another 200 were added in 1956 from the Van der Borght foundry of Brussels. An English-made pivotal caster was acquired for casting new type. The punches and matrices were sorted and catalogued in 1954 and succeeding years. References:

  • Inventory of the Plantin-Moretus Museum punches and matrices (1960). Compiled by Mike Parker and K. Melis.
  • Mike Parker, K. Melis and H. D. L. Vervliet, Early inventories of punches, matrices, and moulds, in the Plantin-Moretus archives, De gulden passer, 38. jaargang (1960), pp. 1-139.
  • Index characterum Architypographiae Plantinianae: proeven der letter soorten gebruikt in de Plantijnsche drukkerij (1905). A specimen printed from early types preserved in the museum.
  • L. Voet, The Golden Compasses: a history and evaluation of the printing and publishing activities of the Officina Plantiniana at Antwerp (Amsterdam, 1969-1974).
  • Mike Parker, Early typefounders moulds at the Plantin-Moretus Museum, The Library, 5th series, vol. 29 (1974), pp. 93-102).
  • John A. Lane, Early type specimens in the Plantin-Moretus Museum: annotated descriptions of the specimens to ca. 1850 (mostly from the Low Countries and France) with preliminary notes on the typefoundries and printing-offices (New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, and London: British Library, 2004).
  • Max Rooses (1839-1914) of Le musée Plantin-Moretus (1919, G. Lazzarini, Anvers). It is in this magnificent book that we find the drawings of the museum's rooms by Walter Vaes shown below.
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Printing Museum, Tokyo

Printing and type museum in Tokyo (Suido 1-3-3, Bunkyo-ku, tokyo 112-0005). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Rex Parker

American artist, designer and illustrator Rex Parker (b. near Decatur, IL) runs Rex Parker Design in Park Ridge, IL. Known for his uniquely colorful art deco-inspired and retro collectible posters, he is involved in the revival of the Park Ridge Art Colony. Rex Parker's work is available for public viewing in a variety of galleries, museums, universities, and other permanent collections throughout the United States and abroad. Of particular interest to the type community is his exhibit at the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, IL, Goudy's hometown, Frederic Goudy: Titan of Type, October 13 through November 24, 2018. NPR interview. Youtube talk at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign entitled Frederic Goudy & H. G. Wells: The Time Traveler's Typeface (2019). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Robert Grabhorn Collection

A collection of over 10,000 volumes focusing on traditional letterpress printing. It has many type specimen books and permits photocopying. It is part of the San Francisco Public Library. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Museum for type, printing, and writing in Tilburg, The Netherlands. [Google] [More]  ⦿

St. Bride Printing Library

Located on Fleet street in London, the St. Bride Printing Library opened in 1895 as a technical library, and since 1992, has built its international reputation as one of the world's foremost printing and graphics arts library. On-line catalogue. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Broxbourne Collection

At Cambridge University, the Broxbourne Collection contains about 650 books of type specimens and books of typographical interest from the 15th to the 20th century. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Gutenberg Bible

The entire Gutenberg Bible on-line at the British Library. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Herb Lubalin Center of Design and Typography

The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography opened in 1985 in order to preserve Herb Lubalin's vast collection of work. Its goal was to provide the design community with a means to honor Lubalin and to study his innovative work. Herb Lubalin (1918-1981) is best known for his illustrative typography and groundbreaking work for the magazines Avant Garde, Eros, and Fact. The Study Center's core collection includes an extensive archive of his work, including drawings, promotional, editorial and advertising design, typeface design, posters, logos, and other materials dating from 1950 to 1981. The collection also includes work by other eminent designers including Otl Aicher, Anthon Beeke, Lester Beall, Will Burtin, Lou Dorfsman, Karl Gerstner, Tibor Kalman, Alvin Lustig, Elaine Lustig Cohen, The Push Pin Studios, Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson, Massimo Vignelli, and many more. There is also a library of books and magazines about design and typography, an extensive collection of posters, myriad type specimen books, and pamphlets within the archive.

The Study Center is located at The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, Room LL119, New York. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography

Opened in 1985, the Study Center was created in order to preserve an unprecedented resource: Herb Lubalin's vast collection of work. Its goal was to provide the design community with a means to honor Lubalin and to study his innovative work. Herb Lubalin (1918-1981) is best known for his wildly illustrative typography and his avant-garde work for the magazines Avant Garde, Eros, and Fact. The Study Center's core collection includes an extensive archive of his work, including drawings, promotional, editorial and advertising design, typeface design, posters, logos, and other materials dating from 1950 to 1981. The collection also includes work by other designers including Otl Aicher, Anthon Beeke, Lester Beall, Will Burtin, Lou Dorfsman, Karl Gerstner, Tibor Kalman, Alvin Lustig, Elaine Lustig Cohen, The Push Pin Studios, Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson and Massimo Vignelli. There is also a library of books and magazines about design and typography and an extensive collection of posters and type specimen books.

The Study Center is located at The Cooper Union 41 Cooper Square, Room LL119, New York. The Lubalin Center is free and open to the public by appointment. Up to two people at a time, and up to two hours per appointment. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Museum of Printing

This museum is located in North Andover, MA. It contains material on machine composition of hot metal, hand composition of hot type, cold composition, phototypesetting, typewriters, plate-making, and printing and bookbinding in general. It also has an important collection of 500 books from the collection of Mac McGrew. [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Museum of Printing: McGrew Collection

The collection of books donated by Mac McGrew to The Museum of Printing in North Andover, MA. These books are part of the material that was used to research details for his book, American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century:
ACME TYPE FOUNDRY: All-Slug Type Faces c1952
ACME TYPE FOUNDRY: 1-line Showings c1964
ACME TYPE FOUNDRY: Foundry Type 1939
ACME TYPE FOUNDRY, Acme Type, Catalog #10, 1960
ADVERTISING TYPOGRAPHERS ASSN: Standard Type Book sample pages
AGNER, Dwight: The Nightowl at Ten, Press of the Nightowl, 1975
AIGA, Updike American Printer & His Merrymount Press, 1947
ALLEGHENY LUDLUM STEEL CORP: Stainless Steel Handbook, Pittsburgh 1951 (des by MFM)
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, American Line Type Book, Pittsburgh 1906
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Supplement to American Line Type Book, 1909
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, American Specimen Book of Type Stryles, Jersey City 1912
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Decorative Material, c1907
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Specimen Book & Catalogue, 1923
AMERICAN TYPECASTING FELLOWSHIP: Thompson Middleton Hammer Goudy 1980
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Book of American Types, 1934
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Legible Sans-Serif Types by Bernhard, c1931
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Rockwell Antique, nd
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, The Book of American Types, 1941
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS: Goudy Extrabold & Italic c1930
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Interrelating Typographic Borders, nd
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Design with Type Planning Book, 1955
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Caslon Italic No. 540 & Swash Letters, c1927
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Novel Gothic, nd, 12x9 (C-4)
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, The Book of American Types, 1961
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, American Caslon Italic, nd
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Stymie Inline Title, nd
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, The Book of American Types, 1968
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, miscellaneous booklets & folders in box file (C-1)
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Raleigh Gothic Condensed, c1932
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Two-Series Modernage Typography, c1930
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Cloister Lightface, nd
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, French Type Faces, c1930
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS, Specimen Book of Type, Philadelphia 1898
AMERICAN WOOD TYPE CO.: Foundry Type, Wood Type 1957
AMERICAN TYPE FOUNDERS: Goudy Catalogue & Italic c1932
AMERICAN ARCHITECT Nov 1933: "Lettering Inspired by Type Faces," by C A McGrew p55
AMSTERDAM CONTINENTAL: Standard Series c1966
AMSTERDAM CONTINENTAL: A Handbook of Types c1967
ANDERSON, Greg: Two Essays on the Grabhorn Press, pvt 1969
ANGEL, MARIE: A New Bestiary 1963
ANNENBERG, Maurice: Typographical Journey Through the Inland Printer 1883-1900, Maran Press 1977
ANNENBERG, Maurice: Type Foundries of America & Their Catalogs, Maran Printing Services 1975
ATLANTIC LINOTYPE: Foundry Type, Brooklyn, nd
ATYPI, misc materials in env, Frankfurt, 1982
BALTIMORE TYPE: Type & Rule Catalogue No. 14 1962
BARNHART BROTHERS & SPINDLER, Type, Catalog 25-A, 1925
BARNHART BROTHERS & SPINDLER, Christmas Ornaments (& Dietz Text), c1932
BARNHART BROTHERS & SPINDLER, Type, Catalog 25-A, 1925
BARNHART BROTHERS & SPINDLER, Type, Specimen Book No. 9, 1907
BAUER ALPHABETS: Bauer Type Calculator
BAUER ALPHABETS INC., Bauer Type Calculator, nd
BAUER TYPE FOUNDRY: Bernhard Brushscript c1930
BAUER TYPE FOUNDRY INC, Specimen Book of Bauer Types, nd
BAUER ALPHABETS INC: For Your Guidance c1967
BAUER-NEUFVILLE: The Distinguished Bauer Family c1976
BEAUMONT, James G: Typeface Examples, 19th Century Printing House, Oakdale, Pa, nd
BERRY, W TURNER & A F JOHNSON, Encyclopaedia of Type Faces, Pitman, NY, nd
BERRY, W TURNER & A F JOHNSON, Encyclopaedia of Type Faces, Blandford Press, London, 1953
BERRY, JOHNSON & JASPERT, Encyclopaedia of Type Faces, 3rd Edition, Blandford Press, London, 1962
BERTHOLD: Fototypes E1, Berlin, 1974
BINNY & RONALDSON, A Specimen of Metal Ornaments, 1809, reprint
BLIGHT, V C N: The Columbian Press, Sydney, NSW, 1962
BLIVEN, Bruce Jr: The Wonderful Writing Machine, Random House, 1954
BOHADTI, Gustav: Type Matrices: Paul H Duensing, 1968
BOHNE, PALL W: A Unique 1824 Columbian Press
BON HOMME RICHARD: A Quart of Oysters & Other Bon Mots 1972
BORO TYPOGRAPHERS INC, NYC: Borders, Ornaments 1969
BORO TYPOGRAPHERS, NYC: Type Index rev 1965/Univers
BRADOFSKY, Hyman: Looking Back, Bradofsky, Pomona, Calif., 1984
BROWN, FRANK CHOUTEAU: Letters & Lettering 1904
BRUCE, DAVID: History of Typefounding in the U.S. 1981
BRUCE GEO & CO, Specimens of Printing Types, 1848 (Ceprint)
BRUNOGRAPHICS, Balto: Linotype
BRUNOGRAPHICS, Balto: Hand-set Type
BUNDSCHO, J M INC: Here Type Can Serve You, Chicago, 1935
BUNDSCHO INC, J M: Type Faces 1944
BUNDSCHO INC, J M: Type Faces 1952
CARNEGIE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY: The Hunt Botanical Library, Pittsburgh 1961
CASLON PRESS, Pgh: Type Specimens
CASTANEDA, CARLOS E: The Beginning of Printing in America 1939
CATICH: Rev Edward M: Eighth Annual Frederic W Goudy Award, RIT, 1976
CAXTON CLUB, Robert Hunter Middleton, The Man & His Letters, 1985
CENTRAL TYPESETTING CO, Machine Faces, Pittsburgh, nd, 11x8½ (2 copies) (C-4)
CHAMPION PAPER CO: Printing Salesman's Herald 44, Typography 1982
CHAPLIN, RUTH A: The Little Details 1949
CHAPPELL, Warren: 40-odd Years in the Black Arts (Goudy Award), Press of the Good Mountain 1970
CHICAGO DESIGNERS: 27 Chicago Designers, 1936
CHURCH [boxfile) (A-2)
CIRKER, Blanche, ed: 1800 Woodcuts by Thomas Bewick and His School, Dover 1962
CLEETON, GLEN U & CHARLES W PITKIN: General Printing 1941
COLONIAL PRESS: Type Specimens, Pittsburgh, nd
COMPOSING ROOM INC, NYC: 18pt Types for Machine Composition
CONAWAY TYPESETTING, RAY, Pgh: 1-Line Type Specimens c1965
CONTINENTAL TYPEFOUNDERS ASSN., Specimen Book of Continental Types, 1930
CONTINENTAL TYPEFOUNDERS, A Selection of 50 Continental Typefaces, c1936
COOPER & BEATTY, Toronto: Typofile 1966 [box file) (A-5)
COOPER & BEATTY, Toronto: Type-o-file 1959 [box file) (A-5)
COOPER & BEATTY ltd, toronto: Type Selection Chart
COST, Parricia Knittel: Contributions of LB & MF Benton to Typesetting & Typeface Design (ms) 1986
CRAFTSMAN TYPE INC, Dayton: Typecrafter
CRAFTSMAN TYPE: Type Specimen Handibook, Dayton nd
CRAFTSMAN TYPE, Dayton: Handibook c1964
CRAFTSMEN-ZIEGLER, Pgh: Specimens of Type nd
CURTIS PAPER CO: Washington's Farewell Address, Newark Del 1954
DAHL & CURRY: Type Faces, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, nd: 11½x10½ (B-4)
DAMON TYPE FOUNDERS CO., Type, Borders, etc., 1929
DAVIS & WARDE: Type, Vol. II, Gothic & Sans-Serif c1950
DAVIS & WARDE: Type, Vol. I, Serif c1950
DAVIS & WARDE: Type Faces, Display c1950
DAVIS & WARDE: Type Faces c1930
DAVIS & WARDE: Foundry, Lino, Mono
DAVIS 7 WARDE, Faces not listed in type book, 1977
DAVIS & WARDE: Type, Vol. II, Gothic & Sans-Serif c1950
DAVIS & WARDE: Foundry, Mono, Lino 1-liner 1977—9x4
DAYTON TYPOGRAPHIC: Typeface Book, Dayton, Ohio, 1976
DeVINNE, THEODORE LOW: Modern Methods of Book Composition 1914—7½x5
DeVINNE, THEODORE LOW: Correct Composition 1914—7½x5
DeVINNE, THEODORE LOW: A Treatise on Title-Pages 1914—7½x5
DeVINNE, THEODORE LOW: Plain Printing Types 1914—7½x5
DOCTOR, Wilbur L: The Montallegro Typeface, Doctor, Kingston, RI 1985
DOCTOR, WILBUR L: The Montallegro Typeface 1985
DOCTOR, WILBUR L: Updike & Rogers 1986
DREIER, Thomas: The Power of Print—and Men, Mergenthaler Linotype 1936
DREYFUS, John: The Work of Giovanni Mardersteig, Press of the Good Mountain, 1972
DuBOIS PRESS, Rochester: Type Specimen Book
DUENSING, PAUL: Bibliotheca Typographica 1980
DUODECIMO SOCIETY: The Land in the Fork, 1959
DUODECIMO SOCIETY: Duodecimo Calendar 1959
DWIGGINS, William A: The Five Hundred Years, Press of the Nightowl, 1972
ECKMAN, DR JAMES, Keystone Type Foundry 1888-1917, PaGA 1958 reprint
ECKMAN, DR JAMES, Inland Type Foundry 1894-1911, PaGA 1960 reprint
ECKMAN, James: The Heritage of the Printer, v1, North American Publishing Co 1965
ECKMAN, DR JAMES, Great Western Type Foundry of Barnhart Brothers & Spindler 1869-1933, PaGA 1961 reprint
ECKMAN, JAMES: The Collectanea Typographica of H L Bullen 1961
ECKMAN, DR JAMES, Chicago Type Foundry of Marder Luse & Co 1863-1892, PaGA 1959 reprint
FASS, JOHN S: The Hammer Creek Press Type Specimen Book 1954
FISHENDEN, R B, ed: Penrose Annual, v50, Lund Humphries 1956
FLEURON, THE, n3, Oliver Simon ed, London 1924
FLEURON, THE, n5, Stanley Morison ed, London 1926
FLEURON ANTHOLOGY, prospectus, Univ of Toronto Press nd
FLEURON, THE, n7, Stanley Morison ed, London 1930
FLEURON, THE, n6, Stanley Morison ed, London 1928
FLEURON, THE, n1, Oliver Simon ed, London 1923
FORGHUE, Norman W: Book Parts & Their Typographic Forms, Chicago, nd
FORGUE, Norman W: Poorer Richard, Black Cat Press, 1954
FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN: An Apology for Printers 1973
FRAZIER, J L: Modern Type Display 1929
FRAZIER, J L: Type Lore 1925
GARNETT, Porter: The Laboratory Press, Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1927
GENERAL PRESS CORP, Pgh: Type Specimens
GEORGE, SAM, Pgh: Linotype Specimen Book c1965
GERSCH, HUBERT: Freudenfueurwerk 1962
GEYER PRINTING CO, Pgh: Type Faces 1958
GILL ERIC: An Essay on Typography 1936
GOUDY CHAPPEL: On Moxon's 25th 1982
GOUDY, FREDERIC W, Goudy's Type Designs, Myriade Press, 1978
GOUDY, FREDERIC W, Typologia, Univ of Calif Press, 1977
GOUDY, Frederic W: The Trajan Capitals, Oxford University Press, NY, 1936
GRAPHIC CRAFTS INC, Willow Street Pa: An Alphabet of Trades 1870-80 1981
GRAPHIC ARTS INDUSTRY IN PITTSBBURGH: 500 Years of Printing, Pittsburgh c1940
H&H TYPOGRAPHIC SERVICE: 1-Line Specimens c1964
H&H TYPOGRAPHIC SERVICE: Type book, Pittsburgh, nd
HABER TYPOGRAPHERS: Type by Haber 1966
HABER TYPOGRAPHERS: Type by Haber supplement 8 1965
HABER TYPOGRAPHERS: Type by Haber supplement 5 1963
HABER TYPOGRAPHERS: Type by Haber supplement 6 1964
HABER TYPOGRAPHERS: Type by Haber supplement 7 1965
HANSEN H C TYPE FOUNDRY, Type, Printing Machinery & Supplies, 1909
HARRIS, ELIZABETH M: The Fat & the Lean 1983
HAWLEY, TIM: Printing Periodicals 1983
HAYES, James: The Roman Letter, RR Donnelley & Sons Co, 1952
HAYES, JAMES: The Roman Letter 1952
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #34 1988
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #33 1987
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #32 1986
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #31 1985
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #35 1989
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #30 1984
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #29 1983
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #28 1982
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #14 1968
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #26 1980
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #25 1979
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #13 1967
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #24 1978
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #23 1977
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #10 1964
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #22 1976
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #15 1969
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #21 1975
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #18 1972
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #17 1971
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #16 1970
HAYWOOD, WILLIAM F: It's a Small World #27 1981
HEADLINERS: Wood & Foundry Type, Morgan c1964
HEADLINERS: More Morgan 1968
HERBICK & HELD: Keyboard Faces c1935
HERBICK & HELD: The Fine Art of Copy Preparation c1950
HERBICK & HELD: The Fine Art of Typography c1955
HERMANN ZAPF: About Alphabets 1970
HESS, Sol: Origin & Development of Printing Types, Lanston Monotype Machine Co, 1944
HESS, SOL, Origin & Development of Printing Types, Lanston Mono, nd
HIGHTON INC, ALEX G, Newark: Type Specimen Book c1950
HIGHTON CO, Newark: Type Indexes, Hand, Machine, Photo c1971
HITCHCOCK, Maureen: Benton Types—Typefaces designed or adapted by M F Benton, Press of the Good Mtn 1978
HLASTA, STANLEY C, Printing Types & How to Use Them, CIT, 1950
HOFFMAN TYPOGRAPHIC SERVICE, Buffalo: Additional Type Faces c1965
HOPKINS, RICHARD L: Yesterday's "Swift" 1980
HOPKINS, Richard L: The American Point System, Hill & Dale Press, 1976
HOPKINS, RICHARD L: Monotype References 1980
HUSS, Richard E: Dr Church's "Hoax," Graphic Crafts Inc., 1976
HUSS, Richard E: Printers' Mechanical Typesetting Methods 1822-1925, University Press of Virginia, 1973
HUSS, Richard E: The Printer's Compositon Matrix, Oak Knoll Books 1985
IMPRIMERIE DROMAAIRE: 19th Century Russian Printing Types 1980
INDIANAPOLIS PRINTING CO: Linotype & Foundry Faces
INLAND PRINTER: Photocopies of type related items, 1900-1966
INLAND TYPE FOUNDRY, Specimen Book, 1901
INTERTYPE CORP, One-Line Specimens (alphabetical list laid in), 1970
INTERTYPE: Faces, Intertype Corp 1928
INTERTYPE CORP, Imperial, 1957
INTERTYPE: How to Select Type Faces, Intertype Corp, nd
INTERTYPE CORP, Matrix Identification, c1972
INTERTYPE: Alphabets & Character Showings. Intertype Corp 1949
INTERTYPE CORP, Intertype Faces, One-Line Spoecimens, 1970
INTERTYPE CORP, Comparison of Weights in Book Faces, nd
INTERTYPE CORP, One-Line Specimens, 1958
INTERTYPE: How to Select Type Faces, Intertype Corp, 1929
INTERTYPE: How to Select Type Faces, Intertype Corp, 1956
INTERTYPE: Faces, Intertype Corp 1933
INTERTYPE: Alphabets, Intertype Corp 1nd
INTERTYPE: Faces, Intertype Corp 1945
INTERTYPE COMPANY: How to Select Type Faces
INTERTYPE: Vogue, Intertype Corp nd
INTERTYPE: Cairo, Intertype Corp 1951
INTERTYPE: Faces, Intertype Corp 1955
JAGGARS-CHILES-STOVALL INC, JCS Gazette & phototype pages, Dallas, nd
JAGGARS-CHILES-STOVALL INC, Tight Type #2, Dallas, nd
JOHNSTON, EDWARD: Writing & Illuminating & Lettering 1915
JOHNSTON, Edward: Manuscript & Inscription Letters, John Hogg, London 1911
JONES: Thomas Roy: Printing in America, and ATF, Newcomen Society, 1948
KARCH, R Randolph: Great merican Writers Who Were Printers, Arsenal Jr HS Press, Pgh 1935
KELLY, Rob Roy: American Wood Type 1828-1900, Van Nostrand 1969
KELSEY CO, misc catalogs etc in envelope
KEYSTONE TYPE FOUNDRY, Nickel-Alloy Type, 1907
KING TYPOGRAPHIC: This Is King Typographic Service, NYC, c1976
KINGSPORT PRESS: Book of Type Faces, Display Faces
KINGSPORT PRESS: Book of Type Faces, Monotype Faces
KINGSPORT PRESS: Book of Type Faces, Linotype Faces
KINGSPORT PRESS: Book of Type Faces, Supplement
LABAREE, Leonard W & Whitfield J Bell: Mr Franklin, Selection from Personal Papers, Yale Univ Press 1956
LACLEDE TYPE FOUNDRY, St Louis, Laclede Type Foundry Specimens, 1922
LAKESIDE PRESS: Benjamin Franklin, Printer, RR Donnelley & Sons Co. 1956
LANSTON MONOTYPE CO, Monotype Success, reprint by Richard L Hopkins, 1984
LANSTON MONOTYPE: Selected Specimen Book Pages, v3, Lanston Monotype Machine Co nd
LANSTON MONOTYPE: Selected Specimen Book Pages, v2, Lanston Monotype Machine Co nd
LANSTON MONOTYPE: Selected Specimen Book Pages, v1, Lanston Monotype Machine Co nd
LANSTON MONOTYPE: Types, Village No. 2, Goudy Bible, Goudy Thirty 1956
LANSTON MONOTYPE CO, Deepdene, 1930 (insert 1927)
LANSTON MONOTYPE: Words by Beatrice Warde & Types by Varied Hands 1953
LANSTON MONOTYPE CO, Monotype Specimen Book of Faces, c1913-1938
LANSTON MONOTYPE: New Monotype Faces 1931 to 1936
LANSTON MONOTYPE CO, Monotype Type Faces, c1960
LANSTON MONOTYPE: The MNonotype, How It Works 1937
LANSTON MONOTYPE: Handy Index of Rental Matrices 1955
LANSTON MONOTYPE CO, Italian Old Style, 1924
LANSTON MONOTYPE CO, Specimens of Monotype Type Faces etc., c1972
LANSTON MONOTYPE CO, Specimens of Monotype Type Faces etc., misc pp, nd
LAWSON, Alexander S: A Printer's Almanac (Heritage of Printer, v2), North American Pub Co 1966
LEWIS, BERNARD, Behind the Type, Life Story of F W Goudy, CIT, Pittsburgh 1941
LIEBERMAN, J Ben: Type & Typefaces, Myriade Press 1978
LINDEGREN, Erik: ABC of Lettering & Printing Typefaces, Greenwich House, NY, 1982
LINOTYPE GMBH, Linotype-Schriften, 1967
LINOTYPE: Großkegelschriften, Linotype GMBH, Frankfurt c1969
LINOTYPE/INTERTYPE, misc specimens, box file
LITTLE, Evelyn Steel: 26 Lead Soldiers, a Salute to Printers, Eucalyptus Press, 1939
LONG, Robert P: Wood Type & Printing Collectibles, pvt 1980
LORAIN PRINTING CO, Lorain Ohio: From Our Composing Room c1961
LOS ANGELES TYPE FOUNDERS: Specimens & Price List 1959
LOS ANGELES TYPE & RULE CO: Type Faces c1947
(LUDLOW): William A Reade 1866-1930, Private, Chicago, 1930
LUDLOW: Record Gothic Cond Ital, Ludlow Typograph Co nd
LUDLOW: Record Gothic Med Ext, Ludlow Typograph Co c1966
LUDLOW TYPOGRAPH CO, Record Gothic Condensed, nd
LUDLOW: Record Gothic Family, Ludlow Typograph Co nd
LUDLOW: Typefaces, Ludlow Typograph Co nd
LUDLOW: Typefaces, Ludlow Typograph Co 1958
LUDLOW: Tempo Black Cond Ital, Ludlow Typograph Co nd
LUDLOW: Typefaces, Ludlow Typograph Co 1957
LUDLOW: 2 New Faces (Zephyr, Parkway Script), Ludlow Typograph Co nd
LUDLOW: Typefaces, Ludlow Typograph Co nd
LUDLOW: Typefaces, Some, Ludlow Typograph Co 1941
LUDLOW: Record Gothic Bold Ext Rev, Ludlow Typograph Co nd
LUDLOW: Bodoni Family, Ludlow Typograph Co nd
LUDLOW: A New Script (Wave), Ludlow Typograph Co nd
LUDLOW: Typefaces of Recent Production, Ludlow Typograph Co 1937
LUDLOW: Typefaces Recently Produced, Ludlow Typograph Co 1936
LUDLOW: Typefaces Supplement, Ludlow Typograph Co 1934
LUDLOW: Typefaces, One Line Specimens, Ludlow Typograph Co 1934
LUDLOW: Supplementary Specimen Pages, Ludlow Typograph Co 1932
LUDLOW: Typefaces, Ludlow Typograph Co 1961
LUDLOW: One-Line Specimens, Ludlow Typograph Co 1931
LUDLOW: Typefaces, Some, Ludlow Typograph Co 1954
LUDLOW: Typeface Alphabets, Ludlow Typograph Co 1966
LUDLOW: Supplementary Specimen Pages, Ludlow Typograph Co 1931
LYONS PRESS, T J: 76 Americana Type Faces 1961
MACKENZIE & HARRIS INC, SF: Type specimens
MANGIS TYPOGRAPHIC: Type Faces, Pittsburgh, 1958
MANGIS TYPOGRAPHIC SERVICE: Type Faces of Distinction 1967
MATROTYPE: Linecasting Matrices, Matrotype Co Ltd c1979
McCAFFREY, Frank: Type Mechanized, Printing House Craftsmen 1941
McGREW, M F, Family of Basic American Gothics, H&H Typo, nd
McGREW, Misc clippings & specimens file
McGREW, Typographic design file
McGREW, Copyfitting file
McMURTRIE, DOUGLAS C, Type Design, Bridgman Publishers, Pelham NY, 1927
McMURTRIE, Douglas C: Invention of Printing, Printing House Craftsmen 1939
McMURTRIE, DOUGLAS C, Some Facts Concerning the Invention of Printing, Chicago PHC, 1939
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE: The Readability of Type 1941
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE CO, Specimen Book Supplement No. 1, 1939
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE: The Romance of Print 1945
MERGENTHALER: Peter Piper, Mergenthaler Linotype Co, 1936
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE CO, clippings in env, c1930-40
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE CO, Linotype Faces, One-Line Specimens, 1950
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE CO: Distinction in Design 1954
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE: The Legibility of Type 1935
MERGENTHALER: Matrix Specimen Book, Mergenthaler Linotype Co 1977
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE CO, Specimen Book Supplement No. 3, 1941
MERGENTHALER: Linotype Machine Principles, Mergenthaler Linotype Co, 1940
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE: The Readability of Type 1947
MERGENTHALER: One-Line Specimens, Mergenthaler Linotype Co 1948
MERGENTHALER: One-Line Specimens, Mergenthaler Linotype Co 1950
MERGENTHALER: One-Line Specimens, Mergenthaler Linotype Co 1958
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE CO, Clip Sheets of Linotype Display Faces, nd
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE CO, Specimen Book Supplement No. 2, nd
MERGENTHALER: Index & Addenda, One-Line Specimens, Mergenthaler Linotype Co nd
MERGENTHALER LINOTYPE CO, Useful Matrix Information, 1945
MERGENTHALER: Supplement, Specimen Book, Mergenthaler Linotype Co 1948
MERGENTHALER: A-P-L Faces, Mergenthaler Linotype Co 1938
MERGENTHALER: Manual of Linotype Typography, Mergenthaler Linotype Co 1923
MERRIMAN, Frank: A.T.A. Type Comparison Book, Advertising Typographers Assn 1965
MEYER, FRANZ SALES: A Handbook of Ornament
MEYNELL, FRANCIS, English Printed Books, London 1948
MICHAEL, John & Jean: Bruce Rogers/Centaur Type, Acorn Press, 1968
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL, Type Faces and Production Techniques, 1950
MISCELLANEOUS Type Specimen sheets and folders
MONO-LINO: Specimen Book, Type Styles c1938
MONO-LINO TYPESETTING CO: Type Book, Pittsburgh, 1968
MONOTYPE CORP, ‘Monotype' Display Faces, c1967
MONOTYPE CORP., ‘Monotype' Centaur etc, London, nd
MONOTYPE CORP LTD, Salfords: Type Study Leaflets for Students 1974?
MONOTYPE CORP, ‘Monotype' Display Faces, 1976
MONOTYPE CORP, ‘Monotype' Specimen Book, London, nd
MONSEN TYPOGRAPHERS, INC: Type Library, v1, Chicago, 1961
MONSEN TYPOGRAPHERS, INC: Type Library, v2, Chicago, 1961
MONSEN-CHICAGO: Typographic Handibook 1946
MONSEN-CHICAGO: Type Handibook 1941
MONSEN-CHICAGO: Type and Its Origin c1945
MONSEN-CHICAGO: Typographic Handibook c1950
MONSEN-CHICAGO: Typographic Handibook 1937
MONSEN-CHICAGO: Typographic Handibook
MORGAN PRESS: Foundry Type, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, nd
MORGAN PRESS: Wood c1950
NEBIOLO SOCIETÀ, Caratteri Nebiolo, nd
NELSON, Stan: Typefounding, The Atelier Press, 1972
NEW YORK TIMES: Style Book, McGraw-Hill 1962
NEW YORK TIMES: The Story of the Recorded Word 1940
NOORDZIJ, GERRIT, The Stroke of the Pen, The Hague, 1982
OHLER, S R: A Walk in the Park, Pickwick-Morcraft, 1967
ORCUTT, William Dana: In Quest of the Perfect Book, Little, Brown & Co, 1926
OVERALL, Richard M: Seven Scintillations, Press of the Nightowl, 1965
P-H-P GRAPHIC ARTS, Phila: 1-Line Type Specimens c1969
PETTINGILL & CO., Pettingill's Type Book, 1901
PETTY, G HARVEY: Calligraphy & Lettering 1984
PHILLIPS, Frederic Nelson: Old-Fashioned Type Book, Phillips Inc, NY 1945
PHOTO-LETTERING: One LIne Manual of Styles (Index to Alphabet Thesaurus), Van Nostrand 1971
PHOTO-LETTERING, NY: Type Index 1968
PICKWICK-MORCRAFT INC: Type Specimens c1963
PITTSBURGH SUN-TELEGRAPH: Type Specimen Book, 1943
PITTSBURGH PRESS: Advertising Type Faces, nd
PLIMPTON PRESS, Type Specimen Book, 1965
PRINT, Magazine of Graphic Arts: Typewriter Type Issue, New York 1952
PRINTING HOUSE CRAFTSMEN: Printing Progress, a Mid-Century Report, Cincinnati 1959
PRINTING HOUSE CRAFTSMEN: Index to Graphic Arts Periodical Literature, 1941
PRINTING HOUSE CRAFTSMEN: A New England Keepsake, Boston 1938
PRODUCTION YEARBOOK, Omnibus of Type Faces, Colton Press, 1939
PROGRESSIVE COMPOSITION CO, Phila: Progressive Type Faces, v1 (A-K) c1960
PROGRESSIVE COMPOSITION CO, Phila: Progressive Type Faces, v2 (L-Z) c1960
RAPID TYPOGRAPHERS INC, NYC: Square Serif & Gothic Type Specimens
REHE, Rolf F: Typography: How to Make It Most Legible, Design Research International, Carmel, Ind, 1984
REICHL, ERNST: Legibility 1949
ROGERS, Bruce: Paragraphs on Printing, Dover 1979
ROGERS, BRUCE: The Integrity of Printing 1983
RUETER, WILLIAM: The Making of Letters 1980
SCHLESINGER, Carl, ed: The Biography of Ottmar Mergenthaler, Oak Knoll, 1989
SCHMETS. RONALD, Of Typefounding, Portrait of D Stempel Firm, Darmstadt, 1987
SCHMIDT CO, E F, Milwaukee: Reflections 1, Early Writing 1961
SCHMIDT CO, E F, Milwaukee: Reflections 2, The Alphabet 1961
SCHNEIDEREITH & SONS: New Wings for Intelligence (Tribute to Mergenthaler), Baltimore 1954
SERVICE ENGRAVERS (H SHERR), Reverse Type for Ludlow, 1958
SHERBOW, Benjamin: Effective Type-use for Advertising, Benjamin Sherbow, 1922
SHERBOW, BENJAMIN: Making Type Work 1921
SIMONCINI, Francesco: Readability & Functionality of Typefaces, Turin 1965
SOCIETÀ NEBIOLO, Torino: Type Faces etc.
SOCIETY OF TYPOGRAPHIC ARTS, Chicago: The Book of Oz Cooper, 1949
SOLO, Dan X: Victorian Display Alphabets, Dover 1976
SOUTHWESTERN TYPOGRAPHICS: Typographics Specimens 1965
SPELTZ, ALEXANDER: Styles of Ornament 1936
STEMPEL AG: Palatino, Michelangelo, Sistina
STEMPEL AG, Printing Types, 1967
STEMPEL AG: Metropolis 1929
STEMPEL AG: Type Faces Available c1962
STEMPEL AG: Types on Anglo-American Point-System c1971
STEPHENSON BLAKE: Hand List of Modern Display and Text Types
STEPHENSON BLAKE: Typeface Synopsis
STEPHENSON BLAKE, A booklet of interest to every American printer, nd
STEPHENSON BLAKE, Specimens of Printing Types, c1962
STEPHENSON BLAKE: A Book of Scripts & Rondes
STEPHENSON BLAKE, Specimens of Printing Types, 1950
STEPHENSON BLAKE: Brass Rules & Ornaments
STERLING, Homer E: Type Alphabets for Layout Lettering, Carnegie Institute of Technology 1932
STEWART CO, JAMES L: Type Specimen Book c1940
STRATHMORE PAPER CO: Memories of the Gay 90s, nd
STUART, EDWIN H.: 1-line Specimen Book c1970
STUART, Edwin H: Copy Preparation, Pittsburgh nd
STUART, EDWIN H: 1-line Type Specimens
STUART, Edwin H Co: Type Specimen Book, nd (B1970)
STUART, Edwin H Co: Type Book, nd (B1960)
STUART, Edwin H Co: Type Specimen Book, nd (B1970)
THOMAJAN, P K, American Type Designers, RIT, reprinted from American Printer 1956
TYPE FILMS OF CHICAGO: Library of Film Faces 1972
TYPE AND ART, Type Specimens, Cleveland 1-58
TYPE DIRECTORS CLUB OF NEW YORK: 4th Annual Awards for Typographic Design Excellence 1958
TYPE AND ART, Type Specimens, Cleveland 6-58
TYPEFOUNDERS OF CHICAGO: Type Specimens by Neon Type Division 1983
TYPEFOUNDERS OF CHICAGO: Type Specimens by Neon Type Division 1962
TYPOGRAPHER, Goudy Issue, RIT, v20 n1 1960
TYPOGRAPHER: Dedicated to the Memory of Frederic W Goudy, RIT, 1960
TYPOGRAPHERS ASSN OF NY, Type Face Directory, 1965
TYPOGRAPHIA: Fine Printing, Paul H Duensing, 1965
TYPOGRAPHIC SERVICE, Phila: Typo Type, metal c1950
TYPOGRAPHIC SERVICE CO: Combined Reference Guide, Indianapolis 1965
TYPOGRAPHICS: Specimens, Southwestern Typographics, 1965
TYPOGRAPHICS: Type Faces, v2 H-Z+, Southwestern Typographics Inc/John A Scott Co, Dallas, 1965
TYPOGRAPHICS: Type Faces, v1 A-G, Southwestern Typographics Inc/John A Scott Co, Dallas, 1965
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN: Scribes & Printers (exhibit), U/M 1943
UPDIKE, Daniel B: In the Day's Work, Harvard University Press, 1924
UPDIKE, D B, Printing Types, Their History Forms & Use, Harvard Univ Press, 1951
URW UNTERNEHMENSBERATUNG: Signus System for Lettering 1983
US GOVT PRINTING OFFICE: Style Manual, Washington 1967
US GOVT PRINTING OFFICE: Classification of Printing Industry Techniques, Washington 1939
VAN KRIMPEN, JAN: A Letter to Philip Hofer 1972
VILLAGE PRESS, Intimate Recollections, Marlborough, NY, 1938
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WARDE, BEATRICE, The Crystal Goblet, World Publishing Co, 1956
WARDE, Beatrice: Concerning Some Words & Types, Lanston Monotype Machine Co, 1953
WARWICK TYPOGRAPHERS, St Louis: Type Specimen Book, Supplement
WATTS, STEVENS LEWIS: Henry Lewis Bullen & His Work 1966
WEBER, C E, Schadow-Antiqua (& Forum), Stuttgart, nd (1950s)
WENTZ, Roby:Eleven Western Presses, Printing House Craftsmen 1956
WEST VIRGINIA PULP & PAPER: A Typographic Quest No. 1
WESTINGHOUSE: Stenographer's Handbook, Westinghouse E&M Co 1943
WESTVACO: A Typographic Quest No. 6, Etcetera 1968
WESTVACO: A Typographic Quest No. 3, Type to be Read 1965
WILLENS & CO, Detroit: Mighty Midget Book of Type c1963
WILLENS & CO, Detroit: One Line Type Specimen Book c1966
WILLENS & CO, Detroit: 1-Line Type Specimen Book 1961
WILLENS & Co: Americana, Detroit nd
WILLIAMSBURG; The Printer in 18th Century Wmsburg, Colonial Wmsburg 1978
WULLING, EMERSON G: A Comp's Eye View of Wilder Bentley 1983
YOUNGSTOWN SHEET & TUBE: 50 Years in Steel, Youngstown 1950 (des by MFM)
ZAPF, Hermann: Manuale Typographicum, MIT Press, 1970
ZAPF, Hermann: Hunt Roman, the Birth of a Type, Pittsburgh Bibliophiles, 1965
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The Type Museum
[Justin Howes]

London-based museum, whose curator was Justin Howes (until his death in 2005). Established in 1992, since 1995 the collection has been housed in Stockwell, in a range of industrial buildings built between 1895 and 1905 as a veterinary hospital. In 1996, the Type Museum bought all of Stephenson Blake's materials, i.e., punches, matrixes, archives, and specimen books. They have been acquing other material including highly important collections of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century type specimen books and, in the case of Monotype, the complete business records of a global enterprise. There are rich holdings of punches, matrices and moulds from the principal eighteenth- and nineteenth-century London typefoundries, complemented by business archives and by one of the world's best collections of type specimen books. In 2003, it started to offer some workshops and demonstrations on metal and wood type printing. In 2006, the museum intended to close with this message: The trustees of the Type Museum have taken the decision this week to CLOSE and disperse the museum due to lack of funding. These unique collections spanning the evolution of type design and manufacture will be split up and the majority put into storage - unlikely to see the light of day again. You are receiving this email because you have previously expressed your interest in, and support for the Type Museum. We need your help urgently if we are save the Type Museum as a working resource for the future. In 2009, they still exist, and despite the fact that they were supported by British Government grants, there is no public access (!!!!!). Hmmm. They will take donations (hopefully to make the collection free and public to anyone). The web site does not mention the name Justin Howes---w [Google] [More]  ⦿

The Typographic Archives

Also called Graphion's Online Type Museum, or earlier, Graphion, a site by Michael sanbon that disappeared in 1999. Subsections:

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The Typographic Library

The library comprises more the 4,000 items of typographic interest including reference books, journals and periodicals, trade literature, items of printed ephemera and collections of special interest. Free to the public. They explain: The Typographic Hub is part of the Birmingham Institute of Art&Design at Birmingham City University; the Hub works to promote the history, theory and practice of typographic design. Historically, the Midlands are England's typographic heart. William Caslon (1692-1766) the first grandée of English type design, was born in Cradley, whilst Birmingham was home to John Baskerville (1706-1775), creator of the world's most well-known and enduring typeface; and Leonard Jay, a teacher par excellence revolutionised 20th century British typographic education whilst Head of the Birmingham School of Printing (1925-1953). The Typographic Hub works to preserve this great heritage. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tipoteca Italiana fondazione

Italian type museum in Cornudo (Treviso), also called Museo del Carattere e della Tipografia. It has a printshop, library and archive, and it organizes casting workshops. The museum has some section devoted to Italian type designers and Italian type. The following types are exhibited:

  • Pastonchi (F. Pastonchi and E. Cotti, 1927)
  • Griffo (G. Mardersteig, 1929)
  • Semplicitä (Studio Nebiolo, 1930)
  • Triennale (Fonderia Reggiani, 1933)
  • Neon (G. Da Milano, 1935)
  • Landi (A. Butti, 1939)
  • Hastile (A. Butti, 1941)
  • Microgramma (A. Butti, 1941)
  • Dante (G. Mardersteig, 1946-52)
  • Tallone (A. Tallone, 1949)
  • Garaldus (A. Novarese, 1941)
  • Garamond Simoncini (F. Simoncini, 1958)
  • Eurostile (A. Novarese, 1962)
  • Forma (A. Novarese, 1968)
Occasionally, meetings are organized, such as Bunker (June 22-24, 2007). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type An Sich

An annual exhibition organized by the design studio Catapult in Antwerp, Belgium. The first five focused on (1) Gerard Unger, (2) J.F. Porchez, (3) Fred Smeijers, (4) Pierre Di Scullio, and (5) Belgian type designers Jo de Baerdemaker, Joke Gossé and Omar Chafai. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type Library

Type library in Birmingham (1st Floor Toll House The Bond 180-182 Fazeley Street Birmingham B5 5SE), by appointment only and 5 pounds entrance. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Type Museum

Dead link. The Type Museum was started by Matthew Desmond in 2007 as a sort of type wiki. The site disappeared a few years later. Themes included

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Typographia Historia

History of type. Specially detailed pages on historical type in Toulouse and Venice, and by Balzac and Gutenberg. Musea. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University Library Amsterdam

The University Library Amsterdam organized an exhibition on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Tetterode (formerly Type foundry Amsterdam). In 1971 the University Library bought the Typographical Library of this firm. Contact: Mathieu Lommen. Location, if you happen to be in Amsterdam: Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University of Amsterdam: Special Collections
[Mathieu Lommen]

The library of the University of Amsterdam has many on-line and hard copy collections. Among these, the following stand out:

  • Archief Jan van Krimpen.
  • Collectie Bram de Does. Bram de Does designed Trinité (1982) and Lexicon (1992). His original drawings of Lexicon, for example, have been scanned in and can be viewed (but not downloaded). For a digital descendant of Lexicon, see Lucas Sharp's Eros.
  • Collectie Gerrit Noordzij.
  • Collectie S.L. Hartz. Sem Hartz worked for Johan Enschedé en Zonen in Haarlem. This collection includes archive material on the typeface Juliana (1958).
  • Collectie Tetterode. This collection dating from 1971 is quite extensive (17,000 items), including a lot of material on S.H. de Roos. It covers Tetterode's type work from 1851 onwards.

Mathieu Lommen is an author and book historian who works as a curator at the Special Collections department of the Amsterdam University Library. Mathieu regularly publishes on 19th and 20th century book typography and type design. He is also editor of the scholarly magazine Quaerendo. His books include Dutch Alphabets (2016, De Buitenkant, Amsterdam), Letterproeven van Nederlandse gieterijen / Dutch typefounders specimens (1998, Amsterdam), Bram de Does: Letterontwerper and Typograaf (2003, De Buitenkant), and Nederlandse Belettering Negentiende-Eeuwse Modelboeken (De Buitenkant, Uitgelezen Boeken, Jaargang 17, Nummer 3, 2015).

Mathieu Lommen's talk at ATypI 2013 in Amsterdam was entitled Highlights of Amsterdam type design. [Google] [More]  ⦿

University of Toronto

Affiliated with the University of Toronto, Massey College has material on the history of printing, papermaking, bookbinding, palaeography, calligraphy, and type design. The collections also include the papers of Canadian graphic designers Carl Dair and Allan Fleming. The Robertson Davies Library, Massey College, is located at 4 Devonshire Place, one block east of St George and one block south of Bloor Street in Toronto. Check also the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library nextdoor, which includes the Cooper and Beatty Collection [over one thousand broadsides, pamphlets and books from the Canadian typographic firm of Cooper and Beatty, including Christmas cards and advertisements of its services. Designers represented are Stuart Ash, Tony Crawford, Carl Dair, Jim Donoahue, Allan Fleming, Tony Mann, Jake Sneep, and W.E. "Jack" Trevett]. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yale University

Type specimen book collection at Yale University. [Google] [More]  ⦿


From September 1 until October 31, 2001, there was an exhibition on calligraphy and type design honoring the work of Hermann and Gudrun Zapf in the San Francisco Public Library. Photo reportage by Jill Bell. [Google] [More]  ⦿