Newberry Library Lecture: Type-Cast: A Brief, 500-Year-Plus History of a Type Face

Alphabet_Roman_Capital LettersWednesday, Oct. 22, 6 pm

Newberry Library, Ruggles Hall

Type design in the twentieth century was, whether in the revival or in the rejection of historical models, strongly connected with type faces of the past. To illustrate the complex ways in which creators of type have been influenced by the trends that preceded them, Paul F. Gehl (for 25 years the curator of the Newberry’s collection on printing history) will trace the evolution of one particularly influential type face, from its introduction by printer Nicolas Jensen in the fifteenth century to revivals as recent as last year. According to Gehl, type, as an elemental means for disseminating information, is central to the histories of art, science, literature, and commerce.

Paul F. Gehl is the George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books, and Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library.

Cost and registration information:

This program is free and no registration is required.