“The Ampersand symbol is a ligature of the letters e and t, representing the conjunction and. Its name is a corruption of the phrase and per se and meaning and (the symbol which) by itself is and.
Historically, the ampersand often appeared as a letter at the end of the Latin alphabet as, for example, in Byrhtferd’s list of letters from the eleventh century. Until the late eighteenth century it is thought that teaching the ampersand as the last letter of the alphabet was common practice.
The ampersand symbol has been found on ancient Roman sources dating back to the first century A.D. During this period the symbol was a formal linking of the capital letters E and T. Through its use in calligraphy, particularly the Uncial and Carolingian script, the ampersand became a condensed and cursive figure. By the advent of printing it resembled the Roman ampersand in common usage today.”
Ampersand is letterpress printed with wooden type, including hand-cut figures from the collection of Two Wood Press in Chalford, near Stroud, in Gloucestershire. It is printed on 300gsm Somerset Cream paper and perfect bound; 175 x 175 mm.
Wooden blocks used in the book.
Ampersand ‘orphans’ that have lost their original fonts.
Morrison, A., 2004 Good day for a man. Chalford: Two Wood Press
Morrison, A., 2005 Collection IV. Chalford: Two Wood Press
Morrison, A., 2008 Ampersand. Chalford: Two Wood press