There's no real method or science in choosing these 52 fonts: I just get to the next letter of the alphabet and then pick out two typefaces that I think might be worth a second look. But, when we get to the end, it'll be interesting to see where the real influences on type design come from. I had expected that they would be European (and especially Swiss), but on the basis of what I've selected so far it looks as though our American friends may run away with the gold medal.
Century Schoolbook was designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1901.
And, 20 years down the line, Cooper Black was designed by Oswald Bruce Cooper.