Friday, 27 November 2009

Typo: typographical wonder of the 19th century

Typo
A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review [1887-1897]

One significant project that we've recently made available online is Robert Coupland Harding's magazine Typo.

Typo was the product of one man, Coupland Harding, who did the editorial work, much of the writing, and the composition and printing.

Dr Sydney Shep goes into much more detail about Robert Coupland Harding and his magazine Typo in her introduction. As Sydney mentions, it is "a landmark in New Zealand printing and publishing, famous in its time, then forgotten, and now re-discovered."

There's some fantastic material in Typo, both pictorial and textual, and this is the first of a series of posts where I'll surface some of the interesting bits and peices we've noticed while working on this collection.

Below is a selection of some of my favourite pages from Typo, and these are only scratching the surface.

And you thought WingDings was cool...

Cover of vol I
Cover of vol III
OrnamentsOptical illusions
Cover advertisingCover of vol IV
Type ribbonsLyon & Blair souvenir
A typographic fantasyType specimensSecond-hand job fountsCover of vol VI
Type specimensEx-cathedraCover of volume sevenType specimens
Type specimensCover of vol VIII
Cover of vol XI
Type specimens

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