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Master Typographer

Supply Object Title
Frederic William Goudy (1865-1947)
"A Specimen of Monotype Kennerly."
Philadelphia: Progressive
Composition Company
Rare Book & Special Collections Division
Purchase, 1944 (174.3)

The designs of master typographer Frederic Goudy are a modern marriage of craft and technology. He was the first American to make the design of type a profession, and his name became synonymous with American typography and design. During his long career, he created 124 typefaces, more than any other person in history. The Library's collection includes Goudy's personal library of typography as well as drawings, rubbings, proofs, and posters used in creating and promoting Goudy designs.

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