Alice: A Survey of Her Calligraphy


New Yorkers who walked along Madison Avenue in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s would recognize her masterful posters for the Morgan Library. Scribes in the U.S. and abroad know her through her celebrated workshops.

She is Alice Koeth, known professionally simply as Alice, and although she is one of the most respected contemporary calligraphers, relatively few examples of her works have been published in book form, a vast majority remaining unseen and unknown.

Over a career spanning more than sixty years, Alice’s artistry exemplifies taste, technique, wit, and her own unique graphic style.

A keen understanding of craft, respect for tools, and interest in historical forms have contributed to her command of calligraphy. Whether using Coit and Automatic pens or the smallest of Speedball nibs, this versatility has enabled her to tackle all manner of calligraphic design problems.

From Alice’s own personal archives, this book contains not only her mature work, but also charming early works from the 1950s, as well as sketches and preliminary layouts, which offer a rare glimpse into her working process.

The Morgan Library has graciously photographed a dozen of her most special posters, which have not been seen for decades, specially for this publication. With exclusive and professionally photographed pieces throughout, and printed by quality offset lithography using fine line screens on archival uncoated paper, this is a book produced to the highest standards.

Compiled with an introduction by award-winning book designer, calligrapher, and typographer Jerry Kelly. With a foreword by Donald Jackson, official scribe and calligrapher to the Crown Office of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Designed by Jerry Kelly

Published by David R. Godine, 2017

Hardcover, 144 pages, full color, 8.125 × 11.5 inches
Covers may vary for this title

ISBN: 978-1-56792-600-2