Carter was a type historian and a practitioner of typography and type manufacture. He designed typefaces, cut punches by hand, designed books and ephemera, but Carter is best known for his writings on the history of printing. Nowhere are Carter’s views on printing expressed more completely than in A View of Early Typography. The first line in the book: “Type is something you can pick up and hold in your hand” has achieved something of the status of “Call me Ishmael” among typographers, though it must be said that this statement is no longer true today, and was not completely true when those words were published in 1969.
Harry Carter’s son Matthew became one of the most important type designers of the phototype and digital eras.
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