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Grandfather’s London by Owen James Morris (Cave, 1979)

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Apr 25th, 2021. Artwork published in .
Grandfather’s London by Owen James Morris (Cave, 1979) 1
Source: Godley Books. License: All Rights Reserved.

First published in 1956 by Putnam, this is the cover of the 1979 edition by Godfrey Cave Associates Ltd, London. The Victorian typeface is Filmotype Quentin, here probably Letraset’s adaptation that’s simply named Quentin. It was added to their range of typefaces for dry transfer lettering sometime before 1976. The secondary typeface is ITC Serif Gothic, which was likewise available from Letraset.

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A collection of photos of old London, each with a page of explanatory content. Match sellers, milk carts, hackney cabs, the fire service and others are all displayed and explained.

Grandfather’s London by Owen James Morris (Cave, 1979) 2
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  • Filmotype Quentin
  • ITC Serif Gothic




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1 Comment on “Grandfather’s London by Owen James Morris (Cave, 1979)”

  1. The jacket for Putnam’s edition (shown is the second impression from 1961) uses some charming bichromatic lettering. I don’t know if the wide shaded Tuscan with bifurcated serifs is based on a typeface. Carlyle Acanthus or Carnival Open come somewhat close.

    Photo: Our Kind of Books.

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