Europe for TYPOPHILES Such a record of Eric Gill's writing and illustration is inescapably a reflection of conviction in practice, of tremendous vigor, of controversy and spirited discussion. Readers of this bibliography are likely to come to it with some knowledge of Gill and to finish it wanting to know a great deal more. The book yields many glimpses of Eric Gill the architect, sculptor, type-designer, wood engraver, philosopher and writer (and this is no exhaustive list) appearing now in one role, now in another. Many details will rouse the reader's curiosity about Gill's associations with Edward Johnston, with Douglas Pepler and Saint Dominic's Press, with the Cranach and Golden Cockerel Presses, with Rene Hague in the firm of Hague and Gill, to begin a long and interesting list. The book is filled with signposts pointing the way into the history of printing and the graphic arts in this twentieth Century. The division of the book into five sections (Gill's books and pamphlets, books and periodicals to which he contributed, publications and books which he illustrated or in which his work was used, criticism, and miscellanea) has sense in it and is a necessary concession to the variety of Gill's activities. Notably good reading is the section devoted to major criti- cisms of and references to his work; here are many suggestions of what his contemporaries were saying of him. The bibliography is illustrated with ninety-six facsimiles of title-pages, most of them much reduced in size. The type pages only are shown. These are useful for identification, but some readers will regret not being able to see how the type was originally imposed on the page. Indicating the page outlines would have been specially useful in the few places where the reproductions need to be set off more from each other or from the text. Very infrequently has the sprite who plays tricks with spellings slipped past an alert editorial guard. On page 184 he did manage to turn Carl Purington Rollins' last name into 'Robbins.' Sometimes in Community records the looker comes in the midst of matters of fact upon a flash of tone amused, disapproving, affectionate, intimate. In the records of books the same pleasant surprise lies in wait. Evan Gill's bibliography is especially enjoyable where the author's affections and opinions show through in moments of tone. Priced in England at sixty-three Shillings this bibliography sclls in the United States for $12.50, a reasonable price for a book which reflects so much care on the part of both writer and printer. Bibliography of Eric Gill. By Evan R. Gill (foreword by Walter Shewring). Cassell Co. Ltd., London. 1953. Published in the U.S.A. by British Book Centre, New York. 6% x 9% inches. xv 223 pp. 96 illustrations. $12.50. S.H. For GRAPHIC artists with a yen to travel, the Ameri can Artist Magazine announces arrangements with American Express for a guided 36-day ($1539) tour of Europe's famous typefounderies, printing planes, paper mills, museums and other spots of professional and historic interest. In England, Sheffield, Oxford and London will be covered while, on the continent, the tourist will also visit Paris, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brüssels, Mainz, Frankfurt, Zürich, Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice. This is the first year that the American Artist has planned a special tour for those particularly interested in the graphic arts, although their sponsored Grand Art Tour of Europe has enjoyed sustained popularity for five years. Guiding the tour will be Eugene M. Ettenberg, whose long and distinguished career in the graphic arts finds him well-equipped for his role of Tour Director. He is Vice President and Director of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Technical Editor of "American Printer," lecturer, teacher, author of I ype for Books and Advertising" and founder of the A.I.G.A. Workshop of Printing and Design. The graphic artists touring Europe with him will find a ready answer to all professional questions. American Express has also arranged for recreation and enter- tainment en route. The tour is limited to 30 persons, who will leave New York aboard the Queen Elizabeth on May 29th and return via 1 rans World Airlines from Paris on June 22nd. American Artist Magazine provides reservation blanks. 4 4

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