Fowler's Modern English Usage: 1926 edition printed Oxford University (Clarendon Press)


I have an old copy of Fowler's Modern English Usage dated 1926, and I wondered whether it's possible to say what kind of fonts they were using back then. It's not too easy to find out: were they using big machines such as Linotypes?

I also wonder about the relationship between Clarendon Press and the Clarendon Font, particularly for 1926 (because the word Clarendon seems to be related mostly to 19th century fonts).


Looks like this is the metal typeface sold in Britain as Scotch Roman, as shown in _Type for Books_, The Bodley Head for MacKays, 1959.
For a digital version see
There is also a digital revival with many extra features of an earlier version by Nick Shinn under the name Scotch Modern Note the single story italic _g_ in Scotch Modern.

Ah, thanks for the 'Scotch Roman' lead - that gives all sorts of avenues to explore. I found this site almost immediately. From the article:

Founts for five sizes of these types from Pica to Brevier (12 to 8 point) were bought from Miller & Richard in 1901 by the University Press at Oxford, where the type, as shown above, was known as Dryden. The same sizes were in due course marketed by Miller & Richard under the name of ‘Old Roman’.

Thanks Don!

The bold 'burgle' that starts your sample looks like one of the Latin serif typefaces, if you were also interested in that. Monotype has a good selection of Latin fonts.

- Mike Yanega