Warde, Frederic, 1894-1939

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Book designer, typographer and printer. Frederic Warde (1894-1939) was best known in the field of graphic arts as a book designer and in association with the Arrighi typeface. He was also a writer, editor, and, on occasion, a perfumer. After service in World War I, Warde worked as an editor at Macmillan? though they would eventually divorce, his ex-wife would achieve her own fame in the world of graphic arts as Beatrice Warde. Warde became designer for the Princeton University Press (1922-24) and published his Bruce Rogers: designer of books in 1925. He then spent several years in Europe where his projects included overseeing Giovanni Mardersteig's Officini Bodini. His interest in and practice of calligraphy led him to translate the chancery cursive letter forms of Ludovico degli Arrighi into type. Mardersteig printed The calligraphic manual of Ludovico Arrighi ... a complete facsimile (1926) which Warde issued in Paris where he was designing for the Pleiad Press. On his return to the United States he worked again for Rudge (1927-32) and also designed for such private presses as Crosby Gaige, Watch Hill, Bowling Green, the Limited Editions Club and Heritage Press. His work for the Limited Edition Club included editing the first number of its ambitious graphic arts periodical The Dolphin. Warde's last position was as production manager for the Oxford University Press. He died in New York Cit y in July 1939. A small collection of work, drawn from the collection of.

Of his papers at the Grolier Club, was held at the club in the spring of 1985.

From the description of Papers, 1915-1938. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122455406

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Laboratory Press. Laboratory Press records, 1922-1936. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Crosby Gaige and Watch Hill Press collection, 1921-1949. Grolier Club
creatorOf Warde, Frederic, 1894-1939. Papers, 1915-1938. Grolier Club
referencedIn Bennett, Paul, 1897-1966,. Papers relating to Frederic Warde, 1921-1966. Grolier Club
creatorOf Silvé, David. Letters received, 1914-1947. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Howell, Alfred Corey, d. 1961,. Alfred Corey Howell collection of papers relating to Frederic Warde, 1924-1954. Grolier Club
referencedIn Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957. Autograph letter signed : London, to Henry Watson Kent, 1930 Mar. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957. Autograph letter signed : Danbury, to Henry Watson Kent, 1940 Aug. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Emmons, Earl H., 1888-. The Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers collection. Library of Congress
creatorOf Warde, Frederic, 1894-1939. Fantasio: a comedy in two acts, Proofs-Drawings-Layout Design, 1927. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Borsodi, Victor H.,. Collection of Bruce Rogers, 1924-1975 (bulk 1951-1975). Grolier Club
creatorOf Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957. Letters and poem, 1922 January 19, 1925 October 4, 1949 December 16. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn David Thomas Pottinger papers, 1922-1952. Houghton Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous autograph documents, 1287-1938. Houghton Library
referencedIn Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Grolier Club Library. Beatrice Warde collection, 1919-1970 (bulk 1950-1970). Grolier Club
referencedIn Pynson Printers records, 1927-1933 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Pynson Printers (New York, N.Y.). Pynson Printers records, 1927-1933. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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Relation Name
associatedWith Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945. person
correspondedWith Becker, May Lamberton, 1873-1958 person
associatedWith Bennett, Paul, 1897-1966, person
correspondedWith Borsodi, Victor H., person
correspondedWith Burch, W. I. person
correspondedWith Canfield, Cass, 1897- person
correspondedWith Capps, Edward, 1866-1956 person
associatedWith Ch. Lorilleux & Cie. corporateBody
correspondedWith Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland), 1880-1964 person
associatedWith Dwiggins, W. A. (William Addison), 1880-1956. person
associatedWith Fairbanks, Thomas Nast. person
associatedWith Gaige, Crosby, 1882-1949. person
associatedWith Ganymed Press, publisher. corporateBody
associatedWith Giauque, Fernand, person
associatedWith Grolier Club Library. corporateBody
correspondedWith Harwerth, Willi, 1894- person
correspondedWith Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984 person
associatedWith Howell, Alfred Corey, d. 1961, person
correspondedWith Hunter, Dard,1883-1966 person
correspondedWith Jacomet, Danielv person
correspondedWith Johnson, John de Monins, 1882-1956 person
correspondedWith Kennerley, Mitchell, 1878-1950 person
associatedWith Kent, Henry Watson, 1866-1948. corporateBody
correspondedWith Kittredge, William Albion, 1891-1945 corporateBody
correspondedWith Koch, Paul L. person
correspondedWith Krimpen, Jan van, 1892-1958 person
associatedWith Laboratory Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Lanston Monotype Corporation. corporateBody
correspondedWith Latham, Leroy person
associatedWith Lehmann-Haupt, Helmut, Correspondence. person
associatedWith Limited Editions Club. corporateBody
correspondedWith Macy, George, 1900-1956 person
correspondedWith Mardersteig, Giovanni, 1892-1977 person
correspondedWith Melcher, Frederick Gershom, 1879- person
associatedWith Merrymount Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Metropolitan Museum of Art. corporateBody
correspondedWith Meynell, Francis, 1891-1975 person
associatedWith Monotype Corporation. corporateBody
correspondedWith Morey, C. R. (Charles Rufus), 1877-1965 person
correspondedWith Morison, Stanley, 1889-1967 person
associatedWith Musset, Alfred de, 1810-1857. person
associatedWith Officina Bodoni (Montagnola, Switzerland) corporateBody
associatedWith Oxford University Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Pierpont Morgan Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Pleiad Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Pottinger, David Thomas, 1884-1958 person
associatedWith Princeton University Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Pynson Printers corporateBody
associatedWith Pynson Printers (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957. person
correspondedWith Ruzicka, Rudolph, 1883-1978 person
correspondedWith Shear, Theodore Leslie, 1880- person
associatedWith Silvé, David. person
correspondedWith Squire, John Collings, Sir, 1884-1958 person
correspondedWith Standard, Paul, 1896-1992 person
associatedWith The Pleiad. corporateBody
correspondedWith Updike, Daniel Berkeley, 1860-1941 person
correspondedWith Warde, Beatrice, 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Watch Hill Press. corporateBody
associatedWith William Edwin Rudge (Firm) corporateBody
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Type and type-founding
Type designers
Publishers and publishing
Book design
Book design
Book industries and trade
Type designers


Birth 1894

Death 1939




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