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BPS has become an                                    MONOTYPE

 oĸcial partner for                               Designed by Jan van Krimpen

 IPEX 2014!                                 JAN van Krimpen (1892-1958) was a
                                            Dutch typographer and type designer.
   The Society is very proud to have        Spectrum was commissioned in 1941
   been invited by IPEX 2014 to become      by a Dutch Publishing House, who
   a partner for the world-class prinƟng    were planning a range of Bibles.
   event at London Excel ExhibiƟon          The ‘Monotype’ Spectrum was first
   Centre in March next year, and           shown in a four page leaflet written
   naturally we have accepted.              by Stanley Morrison. Jan van Krimpen
                                            also designed: Lutetia, Van Dijck
   We will be provided with a stand at      Roman, Haarlemmer and Romulus for
   the Show, free publicity, entry into     the Monotype Corporation.
   their Show catalogue and lots of
   other advantages. This is a valuable        Below is taken from the Monotype
   opportunity for the Society and not to           Newsletter 87 of June 1970
   be missed.
   Plans are at an early stage and we       Spectrum, cut by The Monotype Cor-
   haven’t yet worked out what goodies      poration in 1955, surpasses Van
   we will have at the Show to give to      Krimpen’s other faces, both in the
   interested punters, but one thing is     elegance and grace of the letterforms
   clear - we need your help!               and in its versatility in use.

   The IPEX Show at Excel runs for six      But at the same time it shares with
   days from 24th to 29th March which       Lutetia and Romulus many qualities
   means that we are looking for at         characteristic of its designer—fine
   least a dozen Įt and energeƟc BPS        proportions, sharp cut, generous
   members to represent the Society.        counters. It differs from them in
   It will mean an early start and a late   having a larger x-height and rather
   Įnish for anyone who takes on this       darker colour. There is also an increase
   challenge, but in return you get a       in the contrast between thick and thin
   free look at the greatest prinƟng        strokes. The upper serifs in the lower
   show in the world! We envisage that      case are not, as they are in the earlier
   parƟcipants in this exciƟng venture      faces, almost horizontal but are of
   will wear the new BPS cream polo         typical Old-face form. The capitals
   shirt, and if you need one of these,     are narrower in relation to the lower
   please contact the Sales Secretary.      case, but Van Krimpen’s characteristic
                                            long, finely balanced serifs are still a
   If you are interested in aƩending IPEX,  feature of the design. The beautiful
   please contact Ron Rookes as soon        chancery italic is a little lighter than
   as possible (contact details on inside   that of Lutetia, and the slope is less
   front cover).                            inclined.

4                                           The sharpness and openness of
                                            both the italic and the roman make
                                            it suitable for letterpress printing
                                            on most paper surfaces, and its
                                            clean lines make it a good choice for
                                            photolithography.
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