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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Frederic W. Goudy  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1865 in Bloomington, Illinois

Died: 1947

-- Frederic W. Goudy on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Goudy was born and raised in Illinois. He lived in several different Illinois cities, including Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Frederic Goudy was America's third most prolific type designer (behind Morris Fuller Benton and R. Hunter Middleton), with ninety faces actually cut and cast, and many more designs completed. His most famous were Copperplate Gothic and Goudy Old Style. In 1903 he founded the "Village Press", in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Alphabet and Elements of Lettering
ISBN: 0880293306

Marboro Books. 1989

Book by Goudy, Frederic W.

The capitals from the Trajan column at Rome
ISBN: B00085Q7W2

Oxford University Press. 1936

First edition. Contains the first use of Village Italics. An expansion of Goudy's earlier work entitled THE ALPHABET in which he took the lettering from the Trajan Column in Rome and redrew the letters himself, completing the alphabet with his own H,J,K,U,W,Y and Z. Goudy tells the history of the alphabet in this book. Covers spotted with wear at head of spine. Wrinkled from moisture throughout. Bookplate. xi, 23, 52 pages. cloth-backed boards.. 8vo..

Typologia (Studies in Type Design & Type Making, with Comments on the I)
ISBN: 0520032780

University of California Press. 1978

Typologia presents more or less graphically Frederic Goudy's work in type design and describes his own methods of type production. His remarks on type legibility and fine printing, as presented in the body of the book, present the conclusions of a craftsman intensely interested in every phase of typography.

The book itself, which Goudy was asked by the University of California Press to write, plan, and supervise, has been set in a type designed by Goudy and and first employed for the exclusive use of the University–University of California Old Style.