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B4122. Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface
Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface by Robert Bringhurst. 2016. 296pp. 5.6"x9". Hardcover

Robert Bringhurst takes Palatino, probably the most widely known and used of all Hermann Zapf faces, and traces its development and its history as it transforms from hot metal, through the brief interlude of film setting, and finally into the digital world, with all the permutations, refinements, and its imitations. Included with the text are over 200 illustrations – design sketches, working drawings, smoke proofs and test prints, matrices, foundry and Linotype patterns – all printed in five colors. Covers Palatino and its extended family: foundry and Linotype, Michelangelo, Sistina, Aldus, Heraklit, Phidias, Zapf Renaissance, and PostScript Palatino, Aldus Nova, and Palatino Sans.

The book is an argument, and a convincing one, that artists who create letters can, and should, be judged by the same standards and held in the same esteem as composers who write music and artists who paint on canvas. Bringhurst asks the question, "Can a penstroke or a letterform be so beautiful it will stop you in your tracks and maybe break your heart?" In this groundbreaking, seminal and totally original book, issued in an edition of 1,000 copies, he answers the question: "It can."

Accompanying the book is an eight-page signature, printed letterpress directly from handset foundry and Linotype hot metal type by Jerry Kelly.



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B3798. 75 Artist Books: The Kaldewey Press / von Lucius
75 Artist Books: The Kaldewey Press, New York, A Catalogue Raisonné by Clemens von Lucius. 2011. 364pp. 6.7"x9.5". Flexcover. Note: these sale copies are shelfworn.

The Kaldewey Press, established in 1985, has produced 75 artists’ books. It is one of the leading presses for contemporary artist books, and its exquisite volumes have been exhibited worldwide, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The proprietor, Gunnar A Kaldewey, has collaborated with artists such as Mischa Kuball, Jonathan Lasker, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Richard Tuttle, and Not Vital. These limited edition books have featured writers from many countries and periods, from Lao Tsu and Ovid to Samuel Beckett and Paul Celan. This profusely illustrated catalogue raisonné presents in detail all seventy-five books published to date, with individual descriptions, an introductory essay, and an interview with Gunnar A. Kaldewey. The press is located in Poestenkill, NY. Approx. 500 illustrations.

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B3803. Hermann Zapf Book Combo
This is a special price for the following two books. Save $10 by purchasing together.

B3435. 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 have changed from metal to phototype to digital, Zapf has 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.

B3796. What Our Lettering Needs: The Contribution of Hermann Zapf to Calligraphy & Type Design at Hallmark Cards by Rick Cusick. 2012. 136pp. 6.75"x10". Paper
A thorough account of Hermann Zapf's contributions to the calligraphic and typographic artistry of Hallmark Cards. The Hallmark/Zapf association is a now fully blended into the company's rich heritage in the lettering arts. This beautifully illustrated book is a tribute to Zapf's own philosophy that the artist's challenge is "to ensure, despite technology and mass production, that beauty is never lost." Printed in color on Mohawk superfine. Rick Cusick presently oversees the design and development of proprietary fonts for Hallmark Cards. He is also a respected designer, calligrapher, and teacher working with the University of Kansas in developing lectures and curriculum for lettering, typography, and type design.



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B3888. Roots and Wings / Pieper
Roots and Wings: The Art of Calligraphy 1982-2012/ Wurzeln und Flügel: Schriftkunst by Katharina Pieper. 2012. 240pp. 8.5 "x 11.3 ". Hardcover

Presents the work and words of Katharina Pieper (text in English & German). Also includes (in German with an English summary): Silvia Werfel on the history of calligraphy in Germany, Françoise Mathis Sandmaier on KP in the context of modernity, and Mary Noble on England.




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B3154. Calligrapher's Garden / Massoudy
The Calligrapher's Garden by Hassan Massoudy. Second edition. 2009, 2012. 128pp. 7x5.5. Paper

This beautiful book is available again in a smaller format.

In this feast for the eyes, Massoudy's elegant calligraphy depicts the four seasons of the garden. From the icy palettes of winter to delicate spring growth, and from the dazzling sunshine and blooms of summer through the fading hues of autumn, he captures in calligraphy what countless poets have crafted with words. The proverb or quotation that inspired each artwork is handwritten in Arabic by Massoudy alongside the English texts on the facing page. Hassan Massoudy was born in Najaf, Iraq. He moved to France in 1969.



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B3953. Special Offer: Words of Risk/Things That Dream
B3953. Special Offer: Words of Risk/Things That Dream.

Purchase both Words of Risk and Things that Dream for only $109. Save $15.00. The price includes shipping in the USA.

B900. Words of Risk: The Art of Thomas Ingmire
By Michael Gullick. 1989. 90pp. 65 illus., many in full color. 9" x 12". Paper.

Using words as subjects, Ingmire's work has progressed from the transcription of texts to complex multi-layered visual statements. His juxtaposition of and interplay between words and images challenges the traditional role of calligraphy as "decorated writing." The book describes the work and working process of Ingmire and reproduces virtually all of his major pieces, many in full color.

B38940. Things that Dream: Contemporary Calligraphic Artists' Books. 2012. 556pp. 12.75"x9.25". Hardcover

For five years calligrapher Thomas Ingmire has provided text and heads for sixteen one-of-a-kind books of poetry by Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca. This collaborative effort included poet and model Mary Julia Klimenko, artist Manuel Neri, and design binders Daniel E. Kelm, Kylin Lee, and others at the Wide Awake Garage bindery. This catalog is generously illustrated in full color with large-format double-page images from the books. The text is in English and Spanish and by Bruce Nixon with additional contributions by Mark Dimunation, Joseph Goldyne; Michael Keller, Roberto Trujillo; and Steve Woodall. Spanish title: Cosas que sueñan: Libros de artistas caligráficos contemporaneous.



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B4010. Mr Eric Gill: Recollections / Kindersley
B4010. Mr. Eric Gill: Recollections by David Kindersley. 2014. 53pp. 5"x7.5". Paper

Kindersley's story of his apprenticeship with Eric Gill, written a half-century ago and now in an entirely new edition with fresh illustrations, provides a firsthand account of Gill's workshop, full of atmosphere and detail. From Gill, Kindersley gained a strong belief in skill, the importance of passing on skills to successive generations, and the tradition of the workshop as a valid way of life.



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B4011. Cutting into the Workshop / Hoare, Kindersley, Sherwood
B4011. Cutting into the Workshop by Lottie Hoare, Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley, and Thomas Sherwood. 2013. 136pp. 5"x7.5". Paper

Tells the story of David Kindersley and his workshop, from his youth and apprenticeship with Eric Gill through his remarkable work into the second half of the 20th century.



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B4012. Remembered Lives / Meara, Kindersley
B4012. Remembered Lives by David Meara and Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley. 2013. 84pp. 5"x7.5". Paper

Personal memorials make up a wonderful heritage, from Westminster Abbey or St Paul's Cathedral to the smallest village church. They commemorate the great as well as the humble, and they please both those who believe and those who don't. This title offers an illustrated account of how memorials come to be placed in churches, both of the stones being cut and of dealing with the church machinery for getting there.



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B4013. Twelve Letters on a Grand Scale
B4013. Twelve Letters on a Grand Scale: The Sainsbury Wing Inscriptions by Michael Harvey. 2013. 50pp. 8.25"x8.25".

This delightful book presents the process of the design and cutting of an inscription in a new wing added to the National Gallery in London. Filled with sketches and diagrams and full-color photos.




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