From Pen to Print: 28th April 2023

A talk by Gordon Young.

Gordon Young’s first job was an apprentice hot-metal compositor in a print shop at the foot of Christmas Steps. He will explain how the earliest printed typefaces underwent a transition from the angular style we call Gothic, imitating the penmanship of medieval scribes, to the more graceful and legible Roman fonts that we use today. The talk will begin with a short video, and be illustrated with actual examples of printed pages from the 15th century- beautiful, rare and valuable leaves from Gordon’s own collection, which you will be able to examine at close quarters.

This promises to be a fascinating insight into a little-known subject.

The event will take place in the Library of the Friends’ Meeting House on Hampton Road, Redland, BS6 6GA , at 7.30 on Friday 28 April. Places, costing £5, will be limited to 30, bookable through an email which will be sent to members nearer the time.

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