At the end of the nineteenth century, Tolbert Lanston was a man obsessed with the idea of creating a machine that would provide automated typesetting yet preserve all the nuances of excellence in typography and fine printing. This new book by Richard L. Hopkins is the first to tell the full story story of the man and the company that created and manufactured Monotypes for three-quarters of a century.
An American Civil War veteran, Lanston has remained a poorly documented hero of the typographic revolution. His Monotype System was the very first digital concept put into daily use in typesetting plants across the globe. The Monotype was a groundbreaking precursor to the computer revolution in the typesetting industry, though it was introduced over seventy years before computerized typesetting systems were developed.
With insight and appreciation, Hopkins presents the achievements and documents the fascinating history of one of America's milestone inventions. As the founder of Monotype University, founder of the American Typecasting Fellowship, and lifelong typecaster and letterpress printer, Richard Hopkins tells the story as no one else could, informed with authority and experience.
Order the limited edition of Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype: An Affectionate Retrospective by Richard L. Hopkins now at significant savings—a special pre-publication price of $60.00 ($75.00 after August 31, 2012). Limited to 300 copies, Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype is a sewn, hardcover book, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, printed in full color, with more than three hundred photos and illustrations, 192 pages, plus several appendices and index. This limited edition includes an original, signed, 24-page letterpress keepsake booklet, Going with Goudy to Philadelphia, composed on the Monotype and printed in several colors by the author.