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!

Read a new interview about the reprint and Jan’s background & motives in the Typeroom.

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offers insight into the motives and methods of the first generations of digital type designers, featuring published and unpublished typefaces as well as sketches, studies, and samples of lettering work.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 book has ardent fans, many of whom could not afford to buy one of the expensive second-hand copies of the original. Updating Dutch Type would have implied 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, world-wide. And dozens of bookshops, from Portland to Athens to Tokyo, have already stocked it!

Are you a reader, studio, library?

Deutschland | Germany

Deutschland online

Österreich | Austria

Nederland | Netherlands

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België | Belgique | Belgium

United Kingdom

Sverige | Sweden

Eesti | Estonia

Latvija | Latvia | Lettland

Schweiz | Switzerland

Magyarország | Hungary

Ελλάδα | Greece

United States

  • Online: Draw Down, Worldwide Books
  • , and most of the above-mentioned brick-and-mortar shops.

    Japan

    Singapore

    South-Korea

    Rest of the World

    Find a bookshop in your country here (this list focuses on the country you’re in, or the nearest country where Idea Books has recruited a Dutch Type stockist).

    Are you a bookshop?

    Nederland, Vlaanderen

    • Het boek is verkrijgbaar bij het Centraal Boekhuis en via Idea Books. Druk Editions wordt vertegenwoordigd door De Vrije Uitgevers.

    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

    Browse a trailer

    Here’s a selection of double-page spreads on Issuu.