Great Bromwich in Action

A recent siting of our Great Bromwich Regular typeface in use.  This is the cover of Andrea Mays’ ‘The Millionaire and the Bard’, published by Simon and Schuster in may this year:



Their website gives the following information about the book:

The Millionaire and the Bard


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Today it is the most valuable book in the world. Recently one sold for over five million dollars. It is the book that rescued the name of William Shakespeare and half of his plays from oblivion. The Millionaire and the Bard tells the miraculous and romantic story of the making of the First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession.

When Shakespeare died in 1616 half of his plays died with him. No one—not even their author—believed that his writings would last, that he was a genius, or that future generations would celebrate him as the greatest author in the history of the English language. By the time of his death his plays were rarely performed, eighteen of them had never been published, and the rest existed only in bastardized forms that did not stay true to his original language.

Seven years later, in 1623, Shakespeare’s business partners, companions, and fellow actors, John Heminges and Henry Condell, gathered copies of the plays and manuscripts, edited and published thirty-six of them. This massive book, the First Folio, was intended as a memorial to their deceased friend. They could not have known that it would become one of the most important books ever published in the English language, nor that it would become a fetish object for collectors. 

The Millionaire and the Bard is a literary detective story, the tale of two mysterious men—a brilliant author and his obsessive collector—separated by space and time. It is a tale of two cities—Elizabethan and Jacobean London and Gilded Age New York. It is a chronicle of two worlds—of art and commerce—that unfolded an ocean and three centuries apart. And it is the thrilling tale of the luminous book that saved the name of William Shakespeare “to the last syllable of recorded time.”


Amersham and Royalty…

A somewhat ‘Royalty-Inspired’ exploration of the Amersham typeface family.  Actually, it all started with re-creating a traditional English pub sign– ‘The King’s Head’ and I rather got carried away…

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Not the Industrial Town (and home of the London & North Western Railway) but the typeface family.

Or, to put it another way, here’s a selection of pieces using or Wolverton typeface family.  I feel there is an Edwardian air to this family of display Roman typefaces.


Wolverton10 Wolverton12 Wolverton9 Wolverton1 Wolverton2 Wolverton3 Wolverton4 Wolverton5 Wolverton6 Wolverton7 Wolverton8

Capital Fun

Here are some designs using Capital Letter Forms from our ‘Bourne Rounded’ typeface.  They all have a damp foggy theme about them, rather reminiscent of the view through our window today, as well as a London theme, which is not so reflective of anything outside our windows…. anyway, button up your overcoat, pop up that umbrella and enjoy them!


Bourne Showcase – III

Here is the final part of our pre-release showcase of the Bourne family. The third image in this set today is particularly of interest-it recreates the poster from which Bourne originally drew its inspiration, but this time using the finished Bourne typefaces for all the typography.  Of course, it may also give a hint of how we arrived at the name…