Early Type Specimens from St Bride Library
I’ve been having a bit of a dig around in the early type specimens which St Bride Library posted onto archive.org earlier in the year, and there’s a heap of lovely stuff there – both in terms of letterforms, and the choice of words. Here are just a few pages from a selection of the specimens (all English ones) in chronological order – these ones date from 1798 through to 1830. (I’m assuming Yam Man was an early precursor of Banana Man?)
First ever use of the term ‘man magnet’?
Check out St Bride’s full set of Early Type Specimens on archive.org. And if you want to skip forward a couple of hundred years, check out my specimens for Hawkland and De Worde, and my sampler for Jeremy Tankard Typography (which features a gentle reference to the Edmund Fry specimen).