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Edward Johnston's Library 


Edward Johnston (1872-1944) is a renowned figure in British design. His influence on British printing, through his calligraphy and type design is well documented, and Edinburgh Napier University Library holds a fine representative collection of books by and about Johnston, and his pupil, Eric Gill. This is fitting since Johnston was of Scottish ancestry, attended University in Edinburgh, and lived for a while at 3 Merchiston Place, not far from Edinburgh Napier University's Merchiston campus, the home of the Edward Clark Collection.


A number of books from Johnston's personal library were obtained for the Edward Clark Collection in 1956. The items were distributed throughout the collection according to broad subject areas: 16th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century book production; Books, book-making & book-binding; Calligraphy, writing and lettering; Decoration; Illustration; Presses and printers; and Additions. The items were highlighted with the suffix "JOH"' in the two volume printed catalogue of the collection published in 1976 [1]. Following a re-cataloguing project completed in July 1998, the records in the printed catalogue were converted to machine-readable format and upgraded. These records are now available through the Library catalogues where works by, about, and once owned by Edward Johnston can be located.


A printed  Catalogue of items from Edward Johnston's Library in the Edward Clark Collection lists only the books once owned by Edward Johnston and provides where possible some additional information on the significance of the titles, and particularly where Johnston himself has annotated or drawn on the books. Please note that this catalogue is in AdobeAcrobat format and requires a PDF viewer.


[1] Kilpatrick, P. J. W. ed. Catalogue of the Edward Clark Library. With typographical notes by Harry Carter and an essay on the printing of illustrations by Frank P. Restall. Edinburgh : Privately printed for Napier College of Commerce & Technology [and] Lothian Regional Council, 1976. 2v.