In the fifteenth century Italy dominated the field of typeface design; in the sixteenth century the French reigned supreme; and for a good part of the seventeenth century Dutch punchcutters were considered the finest in the world. By the eighteenth century, however, the British typefounders were producing many of the best types available. The 165 years between 1665–1830 covered in this book can be more aptly considered the first golden era of British type manufacture.
This book is included in our hundred books famous in typography not because it exerted any great effect on typographic study or practice, but rather because it documents a very important and influential era in typographic history.
PROVENANCE: Annotated by Daniel Berkeley Updike, printer and type historian, later Jerry Kelly