The Monotype Recorder: On XVIIIth Century French Typography and Fournier le Jeune

Imagine a time when a scholar and expert in her field had to pretend she was a man in order to be taken seriously. Crazy. That was the case for Beatrice Warde, forced to write under the name Paul Beaujon. And a further indignity was that she was married to Frederic Warde—a good designer but he seemed like a dick. (Forgive us for the vulgarity. It seemed appropriate.) Here she is writing about eighteenth-century French typography (as the title suggests) for the Monotype Recorder—which also serves as a specimen of Fournier, released two years before this issue. The whole was designed by Frederic and is a good example of good work, but what we really wonder about is what people thought when they found out Paul Beaujon was a woman.
  • Author: Paul Beaujon (Beatrice Warde)
  • Size: 8.5 × 11 inches
  • Pages: 56
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Condition: Not great. The covers are soiled, torn and detached, but the interior is clean.
  • Publisher: Monotype, 1926