Hampshire House Workshops

A strange little book really, a few rhymes and a lot of notes, pretty though.

Edward Johnston. A Carol and Other Rhymes. First edition. 12mo, 130 X 103mm, pp.[ii],50 + ii ads., London, Hampshire House Workshops, Hampshire Hog Lane, Hammersmith, 1915. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. One of 200 copies (not so stated) printed in red and black on laid paper at the Westminster Press. Blue canvas boards lettered in gilt, linen back



The publisher, Douglas Pepler, published this book at The Hampshire House Workshops, Hampshire Hog Lane, a socialistic enterprise running courses etc. at Hammersmith.  He also printed books in Ditchling – this is one of three printed before he completely moved to Gill’s community there. A short list of Ditchling books forms the last page of this book. Harry Douglas Clark Pepler (1878–1951), known as Hilary Pepler, was an English printer, writer and poet. He was an associate of both Eric Gill and G. K. Chesterton, working on publications in which they had an interest. He was also a founder with Gill and Desmond Chute in 1920 of a Catholic community of craftsmen at Ditchling, Sussex, that took the name The Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic.

Edward Johnston (1872-1944) lived in Ditchling.  He was a British craftsman who is regarded, with Rudolf Koch, as the father of modern calligraphy, in the particular form of the broad edged pen as a writing tool. He is most famous for designing the sans-serif Johnston typeface that was used throughout the London Underground system until it was re-designed in the 1980s. He also redesigned the famous roundel symbol used throughout the system. He had reservations about having moved into the industrial/commercial arena however.  He influenced a generation of British typographers and calligraphers, including Graily Hewitt, Irene Wellington, Harold Curwen and Stanley Morison, Alfred Fairbank and Eric Gill.



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