great typography book from 1927

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 | 5 Comments

Every now and then you come across a gem of a book where every page is a joy to look at. A couple of years ago I saw this book on ebay and picked it up for about $10. It’s called the Studio Handbook and was published in 1927 by Frederick J. Drake & Co a publishers from Chicago. Other than that I don’t know much more about it.

There are some amazing fonts in there, as well as a brilliant section of advertising layouts, like the one below. It was hard choosing which pages to highlight.


  1. Louise Sloper
    November 24, 2010

    fabulous book rob!

  2. Andy
    November 24, 2010

    I bet it’s even nicer to hold, Good find!

  3. Rob Sutton
    November 25, 2010

    @Louise good luck with the typographic circle talk tonight.

    @Andy – it really is. You get so used to looking at stuff online these days it’s nice to actually hold something. Thanks for continuing to stop by.

  4. Rob Sutton
    November 25, 2010

    @Andy, love the use of the script on your website, is that Bello? looks great, have to start looking into webfonts.

  5. Weird Ben
    February 22, 2011

    Nice find mate I really like to see these old typography books from time to time, my university has the odd one or two in their library which are resource only of course.

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