Yale University Press, New Haven and London. 1988. xii, 216, (2) pages. Small folio (35 x 25 cm). Grey cloth, titled and stamped in gilt, decorative end papers, dust jacket with short tape (acid free) repaired tear. More than 310 illustrations, 272 in full colour.
Communication Arts, ”When it came to the blending of photography, typography and color, nobody did it better than Bradbury Thompson…. In his own quiet way, he expanded the boundaries of the printed page and influenced the design of a generation of art directors.”
Thompson was art director of Mademoiselle magazine for fifteen years beginning in 1945. In c. 1948, Thompson designed the book Painting toward architecture for the Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art, which accompanied their multi-year art and architecture exhibition, also by this name, in over 25 venues across the United States.
A signature design from Thompson was his Washburn College Bible. This book was one of the first to use the Sabon typeface, designed by Jan Tschichold and released in 1967.
Thompson was also an important designer of US postage stamps throughout the middle decades of the 20th century.
Thompson served on the faculty of Yale University. He received the AIGA Gold Medal in 1975. He received the Type Director’s Club Medal in 1986.