Burgess is an idiosyncratic and wholly subjective reinterpretation of midcentury Photostat cuts of Times New Roman Bold. While Times was initially said to have been drawn for the the British newspaper The Times in 1931 by Victor Lardent and Stanley Morison (after Frank Pierpont), several type historians believe the design was based on an earlier work by the American industrial designer William Starling Burgess. Burgess—whose own drawing purportedly dates to 1904 and is held privately and inaccessibly in the off-site archives of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC—was known primarily for his contributions to aviation and maritime histories, as well as his later-life collaborations with figures like Buckminster Fuller. Burgess was drawn specifically for FIVE YEARS by the members of Colophon Foundry, with the partial intention of speculating on an imaginary archive.

Burgess' first use, both during and after its drawing, was for the publication that accompanies and documents the foundry's output from April 2009 through April 2014. FIVE YEARS catalogues twenty-six typefaces made during that interval by Colophon type designers Anthony Burrill (UK), Benjamin Critton Art Dept. (US), Alison Haigh (UK), Oscar & Ewan (SE), Studio Makgill (UK), The Entente (UK), and Dries Wiewauters (NL). Featuring 26 compositions made on behalf of the aforementioned typefaces, an essay by Aileen Kwun, and information on each typeface and its provenance, FIVE YEARS is a near-exhaustive catalogue raisonné of the first half-decade of Colophon Foundry.

FIVE YEARS is uniquely printed in a first edition of 300 by Generation Press. The Swiss-bound catalogue features 26 full-color prints on coated board as well as an accompanying 20-page booklet. FIVE YEARS can be purchased here.

Burgess Bold and Burgess Bold Italic are distributed digitally in OpenType (.OTF) format. Both weights contain Latin-A and Central European support, as well as a special set of glyphs drawn especially for FIVE YEARS. Burgess & Burgess Italic can be purchased here.

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