A[lfred] F[orbes] Johnson (1884–1972)
Type Designs: Their History and Development.
Grafton & Co.
A.F. Johnson was “Keeper of the Books” (librarian) at the British Museum, which would later spin off its book holdings into the British Library. In this modest volume Johnson imparts a great deal of knowledge about the evolution of type, from Gutenberg up to modern sans serifs and early-twentieth-century advertising typefaces. Type Designs is something of a “mini-Updike,” but that is not to say that Johnson does not have original thoughts about the development of type – he most certainly does.
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