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The Little Book of Typographic Ornament

David Jury


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This little book contains a beautiful and varied collection of typographic ornaments sourced from specimen books of type foundries, dating from 1700.

David Jury explains how the need for typographic ornaments arose and developed, and sets them in their historical context. The chapters cover natural forms; geometric forms; rules and borders; wreaths, borders and scrolls; and pictorial ornaments. The last chapter charts the rise of the graphic designer over the last century, and how modern designers are now reinterpreting these typographic ornaments into new forms of art.

The Little Book of Typographic Ornament is an invaluable reference for graphic designers, as well as providing a source of copyright-free images.

David Jury is the author of a number of books including New Typographic Design, Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers, Letterpress: The Allure of the Handmade, and numerous articles on typography, printing, and graphic design. From 1996 to 2006 he was the editor of TypoGraphic (the journal of the International Society of Typographic Designers). Jury also designs, prints, and publishes limited edition letterpress books for his own Fox Ash Studio Press, many of which are in public collections including the Yale Centre for British Art, USA, and the Museum Van Het Boek, Holland. He was course leader of MA studies in ‘Art, Design, and the Book’ at Colchester School of Art from 2007 to 2012, and currently teaches ‘Typographic Enquiry’ on the MA Typography course at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Website:

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