A Survey of Her Calligraphy

New Yorkers who walked along Madison Avenue in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s would recognize her masterful posters for the Morgan Library. Scribes in the U.S. and abroad know her through her celebrated workshops. She is Alice Koeth, known professionally simply as Alice, and although she is one of the most respected contemporary calligraphers, relatively few examples of her works have been published in book form, a vast majority remaining unseen and unknown. Over a career spanning more than sixty years, Alice’s artistry exemplifies taste, technique, wit, and her own unique graphic style. A keen understanding of craft, respect for tools, and interest in historical forms have contributed to her command of calligraphy. Whether using Coit and Automatic pens or the smallest of Speedball nibs, this versatility has enabled her to tackle all manner of calligraphic design problems. From Alice’s own personal archives, this book contains not only her mature work, but also charming early works from the 1950s, as well as sketches and preliminary layouts, which offer a rare glimpse into her working process. The Morgan Library has graciously photographed a dozen of her most special posters, which have not been seen for decades, specially for this publication. With exclusive and professionally photographed pieces throughout, and printed by quality offset lithography using fine line screens on archival uncoated paper, this book is being produced to the highest standards.

Jerry Kelly is a calligrapher, book designer, and type designer. His work has been honored numerous times, and his book designs have been selected more than thirty times for the AIGA “Fifty Books of the Year.” In 2015 he was presented with the 28th Goudy Award from RIT.

Kelly has served as Chairman of the American Printing History Association, President of The Typophiles, and an active member of several committees at The Grolier Club. He has written many articles as well as several books on calligraphy and typography, including The Noblest Roman: The Centaur Types (co-authored with Misha Beletsky; winner of the 2016 Bibliographical Society of America Prize).

Kelly has taught typography at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design in New York, and has lectured on the subject for The Cooper Union (Type@Cooper), ATypI, The Typophiles, and numerous other organizations.

Before starting his own design business in 1998, Kelly was Vice President of The Stinehour Press, preceded by a decade as designer at A. Colish.

Donald Jackson is the official scribe and calligrapher to the Crown Office of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He is also artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible, a hand-written and illuminated Bible commissioned by the Benedictine monastery of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.