Type Specimens

” With greatly improved mechanical equipment at their command, type founders set for themselves the task of producing everything their machines could be made to produce without thought as to whether their products in themselves were worth producing. Their types approached mechanical prefection but with each passing year sank lower in esthetic value. Their specimen books grew in size and pretensions with their pages filled with all the wild and weired imaginings in type design which human ingenuity could conceive…Like fortunate in spend-thirft hands, the printers’ glorious heritage from the past was dissipated and forgotten.’

George Harding referring to 19th Century typefounding in a talk given to the Roxburghe Club, San Francisco.