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The New Typography

The New Typography

9th September 2020

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Notgeld. Everyone knows, or thinks they know, the catastrophic German hyperinflation of the early 1920s, thanks to photographs of people pushing wheelbarrows full of money, or burning bundles of worthless banknotes as fuel.  But there was another pecuniary phenomenon to come out of those years: Notgeld, or ‘emergency […]

English Printing in Revolutionary Paris

English Printing in Revolutionary Paris

7th December 2018

Given all the Brexit talk of late, we thought it might be nice to balance things out with a list of books on Britain’s relationship with Europe. And what better book to feature than one printed in Europe by an Englishman? In this latest list we offer…

Fair warning

Fair warning

14th March 2014

Spring has sprung, and thoughts (well, mine anyway) turn to the New York Book Fair.  What to take?  One thing which may make an appearance is the following which came in recently: a Whig poetical address to Queen Anne from 1710, written in opposition to Henry Sacheverell (1674–1724), the political preacher whose impeachment turned him into […]

Fine printing, fine dining

Fine printing, fine dining

16th January 2014

Sir Sydney Roberts, Secretary of Cambridge University Press, 1922–48, writes: ‘The early 1920s were marked by a typographical renaissance which had a notable influence upon book-production; or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the war interrupted a movement which had already begun …  It is true that during the ’nineties new standards had […]

A devil of a book

A devil of a book

2nd October 2012

‘The Spy, or the Red Book of the Wolves of Lucifer.’  Now there’s a title.  No matter that the printed paper covers are orange rather than red, this is a very rare spy thriller in an equally thrilling publisher’s binding.  Orange bindings from the nineteenth century are quite unusual.  The combination of the colour and […]

Hitler’s Olympics

Hitler’s Olympics

24th July 2012

These rather wonderful Olympia-Hefte were obviously conceived by Goebbels as a means of getting the German public behind the 1936 Berlin Games.  But they also serve to explain the history of various sports.  Parts 2–24 cover skiing, bobsleigh and ice hockey, ice skating, football, handball, hockey, running, pentathlon and decathlon, jumping, throwing, boxing, weightlifting and wrestling, […]