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The Art of the Book in the Twentieth Century

RIT-Book-lg1The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has just published a new book titled The Art of the Book in the Twentieth Century. Author Jerry Kelly describes the time period between 1900 and 1999, showcasing important movements in book design techniques during the last century using more than 100 full-page colour plates.

There have been many rapid changes in the printing industry over the last 100 years, from typography and design to the printing press itself. Jerry Kelly highlights important practitioners in the craft of book design in his new book The Art of the Book in the Twentieth Century.

Kelly discusses the principles behind some of the great master designers of the 20th century – names like Bruce Rogers, Joseph Blumenthal, Stanley Morison, Max Caflisch or Hermann Zapf. He focuses on their wide range of talents, from classically inspired design and historical revival to modern, original typography.

RIT-Book-lg2“This book explores the work of some of the 20th century’s most influential typographers and book designers, each of whom is treated in a separate chapter,” says David Pankow, curator of RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection*. “What better guide could one hope for than Jerry Kelly, an authority on typography and an award-winning book designer himself!” Pankow also notes that this is sure to become an essential book to every typographer’s library.

More information is available on RIT’s website here.

*RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press and its imprint, RIT Press, are scholarly publishing enterprises at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Press is associated with the Melbert B. Cary Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, one of the country’s premier libraries on the history and practice of printing.