There are now about as many… from Essay of Typography
First published 1931
Dartmouth Book Arts Workshop
Printed by James Mahoney’s Digital Design Class, 2015
Eric Gill (1882-1940) was a sculptor, stone cutter, engraver and typographer, who designed the typefaces such as Gill Sans and Perpetua. His quote – ‘There are now about as many different varieties of letters as there are different kinds of fools’ – printed on this broadsheet is taken from Gill’s Essay of Typography (1931). In the essay, Gill bemoans the effects of industrialism, mechanisation, and mass production on the traditional crafts of typography and printing. It’s an irony that this broadsheet printed at the Dartmouth Book Arts Workshop uses several different fonts.
Eric Gill, “There are now about as many… from Essay of Typography,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed February 18, 2019, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/10132.
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