An Essay on Typography

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An Essay on Typography, etc.
AuthorEric Gill
CountryUnited Kingdom
Published1931 (Sheed & Ward)

An Essay on Typography is a 1931 book by Eric Gill about the history of typographical art and production, and its state in the 1930s when Gill was writing. It has been considered a classic since its first publication: the influential graphic designer Paul Rand called it 'timeless and absorbing' in a review for The New York Times[1].

The first edition of the book was typeset by Gill himself in his own Joanna typeface, making use of typographical features similar to those seen on handwritten manuscripts.[2]


  1. ^ Rand, by Paul Rand: Paul; University, A. Professor Emeritus of Design At Yale; Art., Is the Author ofA Designer'S (1989-09-10). "The Case for the Ampersand". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  2. ^ Thomson, Mark (Winter 2006). "Visions of Joanna". Eye Magazine. Retrieved 8 March 2015.