Robert William Lowry
Robert William Lowry (17 November 1912 – 7 December 1963) was a New Zealand printer, publisher, typographer and teacher.
Lowry was born in Paeroa, New Zealand, on 17 November 1912. He was the eldest child of his mother Janet (Jessie) Craig Forrest and Irish father Robert William Lowry, a storekeeper, farmer and carpenter. He was educated at Auckland Grammar School, where he first became interested in typography, and at Auckland University College (1931–1933). While still at university, he undertook several printing enterprises, including the printing of Phoenix, the journal of the university's literary club. At this time Lowry was an admirer of Francis Meynell, Eric Gill and Stanley Morison; also of Tschichold.
After university Lowry set up the Unicorn Press, and later the Pelorus Press.
- Patricia Thomas, 'Beyond the merely good: the typography of Bob Lowry', in Parenthesis; 13 (2007 August), p. 22-24
Lowry has been mentioned in many a publication; below is a list:
A Book in the Hand: Essays on the History of the Book in New Zealand Preface Eleven: Bob Lowry and the Pelorus Press, 1945-531
Collected Poems By A. R. D. Fairburn Poem Addressed to Mr Robert Lowry on the Occasion of the Birth of his Fourth Daughter
Design Review: Volume 3, Issue 3 (November- December 1950) Craft at the Academy
Indirections: A Memoir 1909-1947 Chapter Eight — Hallenstein Bros
Kōtare 1998, Volume One, Number One ‘Red Hot Gospels of Highbrows’: R. A. K. Mason and the demise of Phoenix
Kōtare 1999, Volume Two, Number One A bibliographical description and nominal index to The Phoenix, Auckland University College, 1932-1933
Kōtare 2007, Special Issue — Essays in New Zealand Literary Biography Series One: ‘Women Prose Writers to World War I’ Elsie Locke, 1912–2001
The Home Front Volume II CHAPTER 23 — The Arts Survive
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