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Warren Chappell (1904–1991)

Author of A Short History of the Printed Word

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About the Author

Warren Chappell was a lecturer, type and book designer, author and illustrator of children's books. Robert Bringhurst is one of Canada's most highly regarded typographers and book designers.

Includes the name: Warren Chappell

Works by Warren Chappell

Associated Works

Don Quixote (1605) — Illustrator, some editions — 30,626 copies
Tom Jones (1749) — Illustrator, some editions — 8,145 copies
A Christmas Carol / The Chimes / The Cricket on the Hearth (1843) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,859 copies
John Brown's Body (1965) — Illustrator, some editions — 834 copies
Peter and the Wolf (1936) — Illustrator, some editions — 798 copies
4 Plays: King Lear; Macbeth; Othello; Romeo and Juliet (1944) — Illustrator, some editions — 792 copies
The Dark Frigate (1923) — Illustrator, some editions — 750 copies
Thomas Jefferson: Father of Democracy (1953) — Illustrator — 323 copies
The Louisiana Purchase (1952) — Illustrator — 311 copies
The Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1965) — Illustrator, some editions — 277 copies
Wolf Story (1947) — Illustrator — 224 copies
The Food of Italy (1971) — Illustrator — 201 copies
The Comedies and Tragedies of Shakespeare (1944) — Illustrator — 114 copies
The Quaint and Curious Quest of Johnny Longfoot (1946) — Illustrator — 25 copies
A Fireside Book of Yuletide Tales (1948) — Illustrator, some editions — 19 copies
French Fairy Tales (1968) — Illustrator — 5 copies
Hansel and Gretel: A Story of the Forest (1944) — Illustrator — 2 copies


Common Knowledge



This is THE book for printing history. Why had I never heard of it before? Why? why?

It's excellently concise, well exampled and very readable. THE book.
jennybeast | 1 other review | Apr 14, 2022 |
A short meditation on the typography and perseverance of the Roman alphabet by designer Warren Chappell. Beautifully designed, as one would expect from Chappell, and with a strong cautionary note at the end.
JBD1 | 1 other review | Apr 5, 2016 |
“The Sleeping Beauty” is a good book with a main point of one-day bad things will turn out good. This is conveyed through the use of the characters. For throughout the story the family know that the daughter will one day get sick and they try to avoid this yet it still happens and one hundred years later she is awoken by a prince. These characters had me engaged and interested in seeing what would happen next and how it would be handle. They kept me as the reader fully involved in the story line. Along with the characters I will say that the illustrations kept me intrigued because they were done in such a way that it seemed as if they were painted on each page special and each color was very vibrant. On another note something that I found very interesting was that on some of the pages there were bars of music so if the reader had instrumental talents he or she could play the song that was relevant to that section.… (more)
KiTiraShorter | Mar 11, 2014 |
This slim book is a solid history of Roman alphabet letterforms. However, the author does become a bit melodramatic when describing the evils of machine typography in the last chapter.
1 vote
Katya0133 | 1 other review | Apr 21, 2011 |



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