John Dreyfus, (1918–2002)
Goudy Award Winner 16, 1984
John Dreyfus, during a forty-five year career as a champion of fine typography, has left an indelible mark on nearly every aspect of the printing industry. His legendary energy and irrepressible curiosity have led him to take on an array of typographic challenges and he has made the most of every one. He has been an author, book designer, printing historian, typographic consultant, scholar and lecturer.
Born in London in 1918, Dreyfus was educated at the Oundle School and took an honors degree in economics at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1939. He joined Cambridge University Press as a graduate trainee in 1939, interrupted by service in the British Army from 1940 to 1946. After his discharge, he returned to Cambridge to embark on a distinguished association with The University Press.
He was the Assistant University Printer from 1949 to 1955, and thereafter until 11983 was Typographical Advisor to the Press and also to the Monotype Corporation Ltd. While at Monotype he was involved in the production of Adrian Frutiger's Univers type series, Giovanni Mardersteig's Dante, Jan Tschichold's Sabon and numerous other typefaces by designers including Imre Reiner, Will Carter and David Kindersley.
Mr. Dreyfus was consultant to the Johnson Reprint Corporation and is responsible for their facsimile reproductions of drawings in the Royal Library at Windsor.
He has been actively associated with many printing organizations. He was the founder and Vice-President of the Association Typographique Internationale in 1957, President from 1968 to 1973 and is now Honorary President. He was Chairman of the Printing Historical Society from 1975 to 1977 and organized its Caxton International Congress in London, England in 1976.
Mr. Dreyfus has published a number of works on printing including: The Survival of Baskerville's Punches (1949); The Work of Jan van Krimpen (1952); Italic Quartet (1966); and Bruce Rogers and American Typography (1959). He has been joint author or editor of many books which include: A Letter to Philip Hofer... by Jan van Krimpen (1972); Dossier A-Z (1973); Four Lectures by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson (1974); and editor of the Type Specimen Facsimiles series (1963-72). He also contributes to reviews and periodicals including Fine Print, Journal of the Printing Historical Society, The Library, Motif, Penrose Annual, and The Times Literary Supplement.
As a designer, Mr. Dreyfus has produced many books for Cambridge University Press, including the Library Edition of the New English Bible, major bibliographical works and catalogs such as The Drawings of Parmigianino (1971). He has designed books for The Limited Editions Club, and the Roxburghe Club.
His affiliations with many distinguished groups in the graphic arts include: Past President of the Double Crown Club, London; honorary Member of the Type Directors Club, New York; Compagnon of the Ecole de Lure; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Institute of Printing; and a Governor of the London College of Printing, 1978-81. Earlier this year he was named a Laureate of the American Printing History Association, the most recent of the numerous honors he has received.
In the photograph from L to R: Dr. William Pakan, John Gustave Dreyfus, Alfred F. Horton