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The Monotype Recorder


The Monotype Recorder was a trade magazine published by the Monotype Corporation. It was published for about 70 years from 1902 – it almost ceased publication during World War Two. Beatrice Warde was a long-standing editor.

Over 60 issues are available here in PDF format. We are greatly indebted to John Cornelisse for scanning in his personal collection, and making them available here on Metal Type. If you can fill some of the gaps in this collection please get in touch via this Metal Type Forum discussion. You can also use that link to discuss the Monotype Recorders further, or to thank John for his efforts.

Updates: A full list of updates to this collection can be found here.


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Volume 27 No. 223

Content Summary: Charles Nicholas Cochin; Progress in Graphical Arts; Gleanings from Trade Journals; A specimen of Cochin Roman and Italic.

Volume 27 No. 224

Content Summary: The French National Printing Office; Close versus wide spacing; Inserting rules in tables.

Volume 28 No. 228

Content Summary: Tendencies in book printing; The Oxford University Press; Modern fine book printing – a review.

Volume 28 No. 229

Content Summary: How Monotype stands up to long runs; Reaching maturity; Printing and the printer of the future; A remarkable Monotype production.

Volume 28 No. 231

Content Summary: The Selling of Printing; A folder that made 2,500 per cent dividend; This edition set entirely in Bodoni.

Volume 28 No. 232

Content Summary: A conspectus of printing; Our new sports field; A private press with a private type foundry.

Volume 28 No. 233

Content Summary: Talking in Print; The Monotype composing room; The modern Press advertisement.


Volume 29 No. 234

Content Summary: A musician at the keyboard; Letter-spacing and unit-adding in Monotype composition; Pictures of the Monotype.

Volume 29 No. 235

Content Summary: William Maxwell – Printer of Books; The next President; The Printing Trades Unions and their Industrial Interests.

Volume 29 No. 236

Content Summary: Craftsmanship; Efficiency in the Monotype room; J W Printer discovers a publicity asset; Technical queries on Monotype operation.

Volume 29 No. 237

Content Summary: The Fifty best printed books; The serrated mould eliminates rising spaces; Our guests from America; Mr Punch and the Monotype.

Volume 29 No. 238

Content Summary: Sonnet for a printers' specimen book; Public Printer Carter of Washington; The Oxford University Press – a remarkable exhibition.




Volume 30 No. 239

Content Summary: Keep posted with direct mail; Putting the shop on parade before the customer; Problems of the letter-head.

Volume 30 No. 240

Content Summary: Typography: A statement of policy; Towards a Nomenclature of letter forms.

Volume 30 No. 241

Content Summary: The development of the point unit of type measurement; Technical queries; The printer stationer.

Volume 30 No. 242

Content Summary: Old-face types in the Victorian age; Technical queries; A Russian Baskerville.

Volume 31 No. 243

Content Summary: The Monotype – from infancy to maturity, 30 years of Monotype Recorder; set in Bembo.

Volume 31 No. 244

Content Summary: For the glory of the craft; Respect for letters; The Monotype at Olympia; Falstaff specimen.

Volume 31 No. 245

Content Summary: Charles Knights on the local printer as a propagandist; Plantin super-sizes; The printer's library.

Volume 31 No. 246

Content Summary: Further towards a nomenclature; How was this copy set?

Volume 31 No. 248

Content Summary: Obselete printing should be scrapped; Some years ago I set down the setting-stick; Monotype attachments.

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