Last week I previewed a splendid book by Prof. Patrick Rössler (Universität Erfurt) in Germany on 1920s-30s illustrated German magazines. Today I bring you another awe-inspiring history of the New Typography, Blicke in den Nachlass Jan Tschichold: Ein Jahrhundrettypograf! (Wallstein Verlag) by Stephanie Jacobs and Rössler. With an introduction by the biographer of Paul Renner, Christopher Burke, the book asks the question: Is Tschichold the “Typographer of the Century?”

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Regrettably, you will have to be able to read German to find out the answer, but lack of fluency should not prohibit purchasing the book. A very satisfying bonus aside from the scholarship, are the generous reproductions from Rössler’s enviable personal archive of original sketches and paste-up mechanicals. It is always sobering to see that the great designers of the Modern era used the same processes as we did decades later (and before the computer). 

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