A Brief Visual Exploration of A Dictionary of Typography

John Southward was a printer in Liverpool and wrote A Dictionary of Typography and its Accessory Arts as parts that appeared in the Printers’ Register from 1870 to 1871. The dictionary is a comprehensive list of most aspects relating to printing including equipment, typography terminology, history, and best practices. In 1875, a second revised edition was published as a stand-alone publication.

This project is a visual exploration of the structure throughout both editions as well as a complete reproduction of both dictionaries. Included are visualizations of references mentioned, how the first edition evolved into the second with commentary, and a full list of all the terms. Posters are also available.

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Published December 16, 2020

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