- New York: Grolier Club, The, 2021.
- 8.5 x 11 inches
- 336 pages
- ISBN: 9781605830940
Price: $95.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 135653
Companion catalogue to the Grolier Club exhibition on view May 12, 2021 through July 31, 2021
Any English student knows the name Gutenberg and the words moveable type go together. That same student may have encountered Garamond, Baskerville, and Bodoni only in Word's dropdown font menu, not realizing that they were named for punchcutters and type designers, who raised the essential work of typography to the level of art. One Hundred Books Famous in Typography, the latest entry in the Grolier Club's prestigious Grolier Hundred series, might be described as the tale of art and technology in harmony with each other, from Gutenberg's ingenious development of a system for reproducing texts through new technologies, such as hot-metal line casting, phototype, and the digitally generated type of today.
Jerry Kelly brings the rigor of a historian, the vision of an artist, and the passion of a collector to this project. Informed by his years of research and scholarly acumen, One Hundred Books Famous in Typography highlights the most important and influential books on typography writ large, with particular attention to the impact each volume has had on subsequent work in the field, including type design, typographic practice, and the study of the art. Included are a rich trove of volumes relating to the study of typography, among them such classics as Joseph Moxon's Mechanick Exercises, Charles Enschedé's Typefoundries in the Netherlands, Daniel Berkeley Updike's Printing Types, and Stanley Morison's Four Centuries of Fine Printing. Accessibly written, with over 200 full-color illustrations, it is destined to become the standard reference work in the field.