Crowd Sourcing the Barbarians


As Jan & Crispin Elsted embark on their latest publication, they have put together an IndieGoGo crowd-sourcing campaign to help cover start-up costs. The project, possibly the Barbarian’s most challenging to date, is an involved examination and presentation of the Curwen Press’s impressive history with typographic ornaments.

The book will describe, celebrate, and display a significant area of printing history in the 20th century: the ornamented borders of one of England’s most distinguished trade publishers, The Curwen Press, which existed from 1863 until 1984. The press was well known for its artistic designs, and in particular, for its original and exquisite use of type flowers and ornamented borders.

For more information, and to view their introductory video on the project:

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