Early Perpetua specimen sheet. Stanley Morison.
Early Perpetua specimen sheet.
(Gill, Eric)

Early Perpetua specimen sheet.

Gill, Eric (illus.)

c. 1926. Single sheet of wove paper measuring 4.75 by 8 inches with six letterpress-printed lines. Everything about the evolution of Perpetua flew in the face of traditional type design: Stanley Morison tapped Eric Gill, whose reputation at that point rested primarily in his stonecarving work, to create a "roman letter suitable for book reading" that was not based on past models and their calligraphically-derived forms. In 1925, Morison then took Gill's model alphabets to Paris, where he commissioned Charles Malin to execute a series of hand-cut punches, thereby eschewing the traditional machine-cut punches. By July of the following year, Malin delivered smokes (i.e, an impression on paper from the smoked punches) to Morison in 12- and 14-point sizes, including capitals and numerals. A reproduction of one of the smokes appears on page 11 of the Autumn 1958 issue of the Monotype Recorder—an issue devoted to Gill. In the present sheet, printed in 12-point and containing three lines from Morison's text in A Brief Survey of Printing History and Practice (1923), the letterforms are identical to those in Malin's hand-stamped smoke proof. Some shallow creasing to upper corners, paperclip ghost in the upper left margin. Fine overall. Together with: a copy of the above-cited periodical. Item #30607

Price: $500.00

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