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Émigrés by Anna Nyburg

Contributed by Stéphane Darricau on May 6th, 2022. Artwork published in .
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From the publisher’s website :

Anna Nyburg’s Émigrés: The Transformation of Art Publishing in Britain examines the impact on the British illustrated publishing industry of émigrés from Germany and Austria in the first half of the twentieth century, looking in particular at the art publishing houses of Phaidon Press and Thames & Hudson.

Amongst these German-speaking émigrés was a 30-year old Berthold Wolpe, who went to enjoy a remarkable career in Britain as a book designer at Faber & Faber and a type designer for the Monotype Corporation. It thus seems only natural that John Morgan studio picked two of Wolpe’s signature typefaces, Fanfare (1937–1939) and Pegasus (1938), for the cover of the book.

The inside pages add their own typographic flavour to the whole project, with Bram de Does’ Lexicon No1 (the one with short ascenders and descenders) being used in one weight and two sizes only.

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Émigrés by Anna Nyburg 3
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  • Wolpe Fanfare
  • Pegasus
  • Lexicon




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5 Comments on “Émigrés by Anna Nyburg”

  1. It’s interesting that this book predates Toshi Omagari’s digital revivals of Wolpe Fanfare and Pegasus, which were both released in 2017. I wonder if John Morgan Studio made their own version for this book, or if they used Matthew Carter’s digitization.

  2. Hi Florian, I can confirm we used Matthew Carter’s version of Pegasus, while the title in Fanfare on the cover was drawn by us for the project.

  3. Thank you very much, Adrien, that’s great to know!

    I understand that you were involved in the design. Please tell us if we may add individual credits, in addition to John Morgan Studio.

  4. ‘John Morgan studio’ is correct as a credit (the studio is John Morgan, Teresa Lima and myself).

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