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| Typography |                              | |Margaret Rookes (10701)

I came across this article by chance in an old printing trade year book. Written
         some 80 years ago by William H. Badke, it was originally printed in 1936 by
         Marshall Hardy of Bradford, to demonstrate how a hand-made paper possessed
a quality which lent distinction even to the simplest one-colour letterpress work. It was
illustrated by sketches made in the printers’ studio. The paper used was Unbleached
Arnold Hand Made Antique Laid Printing, made by Arnold and Foster of Eynsford, Kent.

   It seems as relevant today as when it was ¿rst written. Although some parts of it
would no longer be considered politically correct, I have included the article in its
entirety, complete with original spelling and punctuation.

An Approach to

   TYPOGRAPHY

   by WILLIAM H. BADKE

When I say Typography, I                    Moving things about is only the
              do not mean the setting       expression of an idea, it is not the idea
              of type. Setting type is the  itself. If you have no idea you can dig
mechanical action of picking type           to China, build up a mountain, or set
letters out of a case and arranging         tons of type, all you will have is lumps
them in lines. Setting type into lines is   of material. Until creative design
like writing; you simply take a piece of    enters into your material you have
something and move it about—a piece         nothing but lumps.
of type metal, or a piece of graphite.
Anybody can move things. A ditch-              Creative design transforms a crude
digger can move earth with a shovel,        piece of crystallized carbon into a
but he is not a landscape gardener.         glittering diamond of rare beauty,
A plasterer can carry mortar in a           a log into an exquisite cabinet, a
hod, but he is not an architect. A          thought into a lasting inscription of
compositor can arrange type in a            beautiful forms. And here we have
stick, but he is not a typographer.         our approach to Typography: type is
                                            a series of beautiful forms, each form
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