Typografi i Norge, Oslo. 2021. 188 pages. 8vo. Printed card boards. More than 250 illustrations, most in colour. New copy.
In the Victorian era the top-end jobbing typography was technically sophisticated, heavily decorated and often extravagantly colour printed. Historicism and artistic printing infused the printing trade with enthusiasm, followed by new periodicals and trade organizations. This movement spread also to Norway, where printers took an active part in international specimen exchanges, and a new trade organization and a trade journal were started, and also several handbooks were published. My book Da typografien ville være kunst (‘When typography strived to be an art form: Norwegian typography 1800–1900 – from neoclassicism to historicism and the free style’) covers the whole century, but concentrates on the last few decades. It considers the development of typography within the framwork of Norway’s economic and technical progress and social and cultural changes.