Alan Kitching, the maestro of the letterpress, has spent most of his professional life in London, exploring and enjoying its iconic landmarks as well as its more obscure nooks and crannies. This personal project is a subjective A to Z of his favourite haunts in the Capital. The limited-edition lexicon of London marries the individual letters of the alphabet with many historic locations, contemporary buildings, national monuments, sports grounds, hotels and eponymous retailers that contribute to the fabric of this great city. Available as a boxed set of 26 letters with a personal introduction and glossary, there are just 25 impressions in this limited edition. “
With type founts from his immense collection, Alan has used letters that in some cases appear to depict the relevant location and at other times the composition of the letter itself resonates with its sense of place. The project, in collaboration with Karoline Newman, has taken nearly two years from inception to its completion. It was inspired by William Nicholson’s “Alphabet” and “London Types”, first printed from intricate woodcuts in the 19th century.