TRUE TO TYPE Ruari McLean

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A Typographical Autobiography

Author: Ruari McLean

Publisher/Date: Oak Knoll Press/Werner Shaw, 2000, First Edition

ISBN-10: 1884718965
ISBN-13: 9781884718960

Format/Condition: New hardcover with dust jacket is in Fine condition. 216 pages, index. B/W illustrations. Measures 6 ¼ x 9 ¼ inches.

Description: The autobiography of a book and magazine designer who played a central role in British graphic design from the 1940s to the 1980s, who edited and designed Motif (1958-67) an dwho wrote the Thames and Hudson Manual of Typography which is still in print today.

This book covers the unique light of one of Britain's most famous book designers and typographers. It begins with his early years in Scotland to his triumphs in publishing in London. Ruari McLean brings to life a bygone age in Great Britain's publishing scene. A fascinating and interesting look into a bygone world.

Contents

Acknowledgements ix
A note about Manticore x
Foreword by Colin Banks xi
Author's Preface: what is a typographer? xiii
1. Galloway to Oxford 1
2. The Shakespeare Head Press 11
3. Germany 17
4. The Art of the Book 20
5. Black Lion Lane 26
6. To Bradford in Yorkshire 32
7. Typographer's war 39
8. Post-war beginnings, and Robert Harling 45
9. Something completely different 49
10. Typography and parsons 64
11. 1951 and all that 86
12. Typography and Partners 93
13. Motif 109
14. Victorian books 124
15. Magazines 140
16. Jan Tschichold 151
17. 'Every tenth drink' 156
18. Nelson's Prayer and some other clients 165
19. Paperclips 181
20. Art education 186
21. Progress North 203
Postscript: Is typography necessary? 192
Checklist of works by the author 209
Index 211

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