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The Letter Forms and Type Designs of Eric Gill

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Editor: Robert Harling
Publisher: Eva Svensson
Publication: 1976, Revised Edition
Binding: Softcover, section sewn
Pages: 64
Size: 190 x 185
Text: English

(Preface) Although Eric Gill's greater fame derived mainly from his sculpture, he was also the foremost inscriptional letter- cutter of his time. Under the aegis, first, of Robert Gibbings of the Golden Cockerel Press, and, later, of Stanley Morison of the Monotype Corporation, these lettering interests led to his work being commissioned for the design of types for printers and publishers. Two of these types - Gill Sans and Perpetua - became internationally renowned and are still extensively used. Yet two of his lesser-known type designs, those for Felicity and Joanna Italic, can offer serious claims to be considered as two of the most beautiful printing types available to twentieth-century printers. Robert Harling traces the story of Gill's career - from his early days as a cutter of tombstones and memorials to his emergence as a type designer. Many examples of Gill's lettering for inscriptions and for printing are reproduced in these pages, including two folding insets : one, in colour, shows inscriptional lettering typical of Gill's earlier work as a letter-cutter, the other reproduces, in facsimile, Gill's original designs for Joanna roman and italic.

Condition: Very Good. All titles are used and show shelf ware consistent with age. Rubbing to covers, tape residue to first end page. Please contact me for further information on condition.

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