dutch type

Dutch Type was published in March 2004 and was received with huge enthusiasm. Its 3,500 copies sold out in 3 years. The book soon became hard to find and ended up being offered at embarrassingly high prices on Amazon, eBay and by antiquarians — between €400 and $800 for a copy.

In 2018 author Jan Middendorp decided to self-publish a near-identical reprint, and successfully financed the production with crowdfunding. Druk Editions is Jan’s own imprint, which published its first book in 2000.

Dutch Type: Available now! Available in bookshops!

The book in a nutshell

In ‘Dutch Type’, Jan Middendorp presents a comprehensive overview of type design and lettering in the Netherlands, tracing its origins through type designers and lettering artists from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Partly based on interviews, the book also offers insight into the motives and methods of the first generations of digital type designers, featuring published and unpublished typefaces as well as sketches, studies, and samples of lettering work. While the quest for quality and innovation has remained constant, it makes clear that the advent of desktop type has opened up the discipline to a more spontaneous, inventive, and democratic approach.

Why reprint the original?

Dutch Type is enjoyed for its attractive combination of historic research, storytelling, type analysis and wealth of images. Some information is well-known to specialists, but quite a bit was new when the book came out. The books has ardent fans, many of whom could not afford to buy one of the expensive second-hand copies of the original. Updating the book would have meant replacing more than half of it — which would have been self-destructive. Therefore we made available the original book, at the original price!

Where to buy?

The Dutch Type revival was supported by around 700 backers, who received their copies via the global (but Netherlands-based) fulfilment agency we hired. However, the campaign’s success allowed Druk Editions to print a serious run, and introduce the book in the international distribution networks.
If you’re in an isolated place, there’s the bigger retailers you know; but our Amsterdam distributor Idea Books can supply most big and small book shops. As Druk editions is Berlin-based, the book’s price is fixed for Germany and Austria; so if you’re based there, we recommend buying directly in any of the bookshops we have stocked, and will mention here.

Are you a reader, studio, library?

Deutschland | Germany

Österreich | Austria

Deutschland/Österreich online

Nederland, Vlaanderen | Netherlands, Flanders

United Kingdom

Sverige | Sweden

Rest of the World

Find a bookshop in your country here (list under construction)

Are you a bookshop?

Nederland, Vlaanderen

  • Het boek is verkrijgbaar bij het Centraal Boekhuis en via Idea Books.

Deutschland

United Kingdom

  • Distributed through ArtData, London

Europe, North & Latin America, Asia, Australia

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Eye candy

A small selection of some of the best looking and most fascinating images from the book.

Type specimen for Christoffel van Dyck’s types, available from the Elsevier widow
Type specimen for Christoffel van Dyck’s types, available from the Elsevier widow
Jean François van Royen, Colophon for a poetry book printed at his Kunera Press
Jean François van Royen, Colophon for a poetry book printed at his Kunera Press
Brochure for Mendoza’s Pascal, cover (detail). Amsterdam Type Foundry
Brochure for Mendoza’s Pascal, cover (detail). Amsterdam Type Foundry
Helmut Salden, detail from a book jacket for the “Russian Library”
Helmut Salden, detail from a book jacket for the “Russian Library”
Jurriaan Schrofer, RIJKSPOSTSPAARBANK (State Mail Saving Bank), hand-lettered
Jurriaan Schrofer, RIJKSPOSTSPAARBANK (State Mail Saving Bank), hand-lettered
Swip Stolk, airbrushed cover for Knijnenberg Family Tree (STAMBOOM)
Swip Stolk, airbrushed cover for Knijnenberg Family Tree (STAMBOOM)
Bram de Does, drawing for Trinité typeface
Bram de Does, drawing for Trinité typeface
Famous Noordzij cube from the cover of The Stroke
Famous Noordzij cube from the cover of The Stroke
Gerard Unger, leaflet for Coranto and XS booklet for Gulliver
Gerard Unger, leaflet for Coranto and XS booklet for Gulliver
Max Kisman, 1987 post stamps designed on Amiga computer
Max Kisman, 1987 post stamps designed on Amiga computer
René Knip, letter tiles for HEMA supermarket chain
René Knip, letter tiles for HEMA supermarket chain
Fred Smeijers & Corina Cotorobai: Type Specimen for Fred’s Sansa
Fred Smeijers & Corina Cotorobai: Type Specimen for Fred’s Sansa
Martin Majoor, drawing for Scala typeface
Martin Majoor, drawing for Scala typeface
First release of Lucas de Groot’s huge Thesis family
First release of Lucas de Groot’s huge Thesis family
Underware design group and Piet Schreuders, cover for Sauna specimen
Underware design group and Piet Schreuders, cover for Sauna specimen