"MACDONALD" Paul Arthur William Webb M. B. T. G., while working in a small print ing office in the north-west of England came upon the nineteenth century face shown here, which he dates as belong ing to the decade between 1820 and 1830. It was not shown in Nicolette Gray's nineteenth century ornamented types nor have the researches of Turner Berry of the St. Bride Library in London traced it in any early type-book. And as its designer is unkown, in order that it might have a name, it was given that of its owner and is referred to as "Macdonald". Being, so far as we know, of anonymous design, and as it has not yet been found in the books of any nineteenth century printer, nothing much is known about its origins. It has been suggested however that it was cut by one of the journeyman wood-engravers, often German in origin, who travelled round Britain in the early decades of the last century. The actual size of the wood letter is 1 in. in depth. As with so many of these decorated faces, "Macdonald", for all its uniqueness, is really embellishment applied to an enormously popular type: in this case, a fat face shadow. The original letters are i% in. deep, cut in wood about 1825. "Macdonald" is a richly ornamented version of the various fat faces of the previous decade. Die ursprünglichc Buchstabenhöhe dieses Alphabets betrug 45 mm; es wurde um 1825 in Holz geschnitten. "Macdonald" ist eine reich ornamentierte Variante aus der Gattung der fetten Antiqua-Schriften. La hauteur originale des caractères "Macdonald" est de 45 mm; les caractères ont été gravés sur bois vers 1825. Le "Macdonald" constitue par sa riche ornementation une variation intéressante des caractères romain gras. 178

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