- New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2017.
- 7.375 x 10.5 inches
- Cloth with dust jacket
- 208 pages
- ISBN: 9781584563563
Price: $75.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 128978
In the Service of Scholarship is a history of one of the leading printing firms of the twentieth century. It is also a character study and biography of Harold Hugo (1920-1985), whose career at Meriden Gravure began at the age of fourteen and continued until his retirement as president in 1975. During his tenure, Hugo brought the company to standards of excellence that earned worldwide recognition for art reproduction of the highest quality.
The distinguished graphic designer and educator Alvin Eisenmann said of Harold in 1978, "there has never been anyone who held the position that Harold does in American scholarly printing." This book records the practices that were employed to advance illustration printing during the era of film-based printing technology, from collotype and letterpress to offset lithography. Many of the groundbreaking procedures that Hugo pioneered were subsequently made obsolete by digital technology, but his refusal to compromise on quality and his attention to detail stand as a model in
The author was associated with Meriden Gravure for thirty years and regarded Harold Hugo as his mentor. He records a life richly lived, with deep and abiding friendships for the talented figures in the scholarly community with whom Meriden was so deeply engaged. He offers many anecdotes and insights reflecting Hugo's leadership of the company. These accounts are supplemented by material from interviews conducted during Harold Hugo's lifetime and by contributions from the Hugo family and various individuals and institutions.
This publication is the first full account of the hundred-year history of the company and of the man who guided it to, and during, the period of its greatest success. As such, it fills a significant gap in the history of printing and of scholarly publishing during the twentieth century. The book, with design and typography by Scott Vile, is richly illustrated with 112 pictures, many in full color.