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B1702-P. Elements of Typographic Style (PB) / Bringhurst B1702-P. The Elements of Typographic Style: Version 4.0: 20th Anniversary Edition by Robert Bringhurst. 2013. 398pp. 5.25"x9". Paper
Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide, combining the practical, theoretical, and historical. This edition is completely updated, with a thorough revision of the longest chapter, "Prowling the Specimen Books," and with many other small but important changes.
B3435. About More Alphabets (Zapf) / Kelly About More Alphabets: The Types of Hermann Zapf by Jerry Kelly with a foreword by Robert Bringhurst. 2011. 112pp. 4.5"x7". Hardcover
In 1960, the Typophiles published a now-treasured chapbook on Hermann Zapf's metal faces. More than 50 years later, this new volume brings you up-to-date, presenting a selection of his major alphabet design projects. Even as letterforms changed from metal to phototype to digital, Zapf continued to produce exceptional typefaces - most drawing from pen-made forms. The book is filled with type drawings and trials and other illustrations, some rarely seen. Purchase your copy of this finely-printed letter art treasure designed by Jerry Kelly. (As a used book, the first Zapf chapbook can command $100 or more.). Typophile Chap Book New Series no. 3.
B3778. Brush 'n' Script / Geum-Hee Hong Brush 'n' Script by Geum-hee Hong. 2010. 480pp. 5.5x8.5. Hardcover
This collection of over 330 typefaces includes multiple examples of elegant Italian & French cursives, wonderful copperplate scripts and casual marker-fonts, plus expressive handwriting, free-style, flamboyant brush, and swash types. In the mix are fonts from well-known foundries as well as new designs from current designers. Presents full fonts. Similar to the popular Fraktur mon Amour. Unlike that book, this one has two to four lines of words, so you can see how the type looks as text. Includes CD for Mac & PC with 120 fonts for you to use.
B2665. American Type Design American Type Design and Designers
By David Consuegra. 2004. 320pp. 8.75"x11.25". Paper $35.00 SALE
Chronicles the history of type in America through short biographies of 62 of the most influential type designers and 334 of their typefaces. Covers a century of American contributions to the world of type from late 1800's with metal faces, through photo-typefaces of the mid and later 20th century and with digital faces up until just before the great explosion of digital faces. In addition to the complete alphabet showings of all the typefaces, there are reproductions from a variety of type publications. Includes glossary, a history of nine American type foundries and a timeline of type related events from 1600 to 2001. The only book I know that focuses on American type designers. An invaluable resource.
B2908. Fraktur mon Amour/Schlansky Fraktur mon Amour
By Judith Schlansky. English Edition 2008. 646pp. 5"x8". Hardcover.
Presents over 300 Blackletter fonts (capitals, lowercase, numbers, accented characters, along with a brief text
setting ). Covers rotunda, batarde, textura, schwabacher, fraktur, modern, initials/decoratives, and contemporary
fonts. For each font: date, designer and original foundry along with digital foundry/web address where applicable. Facing each font page is a decorative page using characters from the font. Printed in black and pink. CD-Rom with 130 blackletter fonts included.
B2926. Alphabet Stories: (Zapf) A Chronicle of Technical Developments B2926. Alphabet Stories: A Chronicle of Technical Developments by Hermann Zapf. 2007. 7.25x11. 150pp. Hardcover.
Zapf provides us with an illustrated story of his life with letters: pen drawn, metal type, and computer programs and pixels, from the early 20th century through 2006. Designed by Hermann Zapf. Blue cloth with HZ monogram on cover. Set in Palatino Nova and Palatino Sans. 96 color illustrations. No dust jacket.
B4049. Handmade Type Workshop / Rivers B4049. Handmade Type Workshop: Tips, Tools & Techniques for Creating Custom Typography by Charlotte Rivers. 2011. 175pp. 7.5"x10.2".
This book covers a wide range of lettering and alphabets: illustrated or hand-drawn; printed, stitched, or cut; ones digitally drawn; three-dimensional ones; and ones that use photography. Profile and gallery spreads alternate with tutorial spreads. There is a lot of fun in the book – letters to delight your eye and to give you ideas to try. The tutorials are an excellent addition.