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An illustrated history of Greek book design
15th–20th century

George D. Matthiopoulos

Session B16 | Palace B
Sunday 21 September | 11:40 – 12:30

Theme Greek | Duration: 50 minutes

Because of the Ottoman conquest of the Eastern Mediterranean basin, for more than four centuries Greek typography developed outside the Greek territories. Until the national independence of Greece in the 19th century, the Greek book had maintained a dual identity: publications for the European scholarly public and books for the Greek readers both in Europe and in occupied Greece. Thereafter, Greek book design was primarily within the national borders and followed the European trends to some degree but remained quite parochial until the middle 20th century. The presentation will discuss these developments and will explore the aesthetic differences of European multilingual editions and Greek liturgical or lay editions for the Greek public with many illustrations which cover the whole period.

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George D. Matthiopoulos

Type Designer Greek Font Society | Greece

George D. Matthiopoulos teaches Type design and Typography at the School of Graphic Arts of the Technical Institute of Athens. He also works as type designer for the Greek Font Society, and as freelance typographer specialising in book design, corporate identity, and typographic communication for museum exhibitions. He has written the text book of the course Type History and Design for the Greek Open University (2002), he has translated Victor Scholderer’s, Greek Printing Types: 1465-1927 (Typophilia, 1995) and Robert Bringhurst’s, The Elements of Typographic Style (Crete University Press, 2001).

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