A Note on the Type

The very last page with any text in Joseph Ellis’s American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic is this Note on the Type

Isn’t it strange that some publishers — Ellis’s is Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House since being acquired in 1960 — feel the need to include such minutia in their works while (most?) others are completely silent on subject? What explains the decision to include or exclude? Who do you think such Notes on the Types are meant for? What fraction of readers do you think appreciate “a certain elegance and feeling of movement” of the fonts in which their books are typeset?

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