Type Designs: Their History and Development.

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Creator

A[lfred] F[orbes] Johnson (1884–1972)

Title

Type Designs: Their History and Development.

Publisher

Grafton & Co.

Date

1934

Coverage

London

Subject

Octavo

Description

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.

Relation

LENDER: Jerry Kelly