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.