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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. Script Fonts / Geum-Hee Hong B3778. Script Fonts by Geum-hee Hong. (2010) 2016. 496pp. 5.8x8.8.
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 122 fonts for you to use. Published earlier under the title of Brush 'n' Script.
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 your ideas to try. The tutorials are an excellent addition.
B4086. Active Literature: Jan Tschichold / Burke B4086. Active Literature: Jan Tschichold and New Typography by Christopher Burke.2007. 335pp. 8.5"x11". Hardcover These sale copies are shelf-worn
Jan Tschichold (1902-1974) is considered by many to be the most influential typographer of the twentieth century. A leading voice of the modernist movement, Tschichold oversaw the redesign of the Penguin and Pelican paperbacks in the late 1940s and devised for them a standardized set of typographic rules. The classical type designs of his late career qualify him as perhaps the first typographic postmodernist. Active Literature, an in-depth study of Jan Tschichold's modernist period, is based on extensive archival research that uncovered a wealth of new photographs of his design work. Author Christopher Burke presents a full portrait of the designer's career and puts into context Tschichold's own account of his life and work.
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.
B3806. Historical Types / Knight Historical Types: From Gutenberg to Ashendene by Stan Knight. 2012. 104pp. 9"x12". Hardcover $49.95. JNB Price $39.95
In this long-awaited sequel to his classic Historical Scripts, Stan traces the development of letterforms in type. He presents the types and type designs from Gutenberg to the Private Presses of the 20th century, showing the types both enlarged and actual size. Every single illustration in this book has been specially commissioned. The photos show the historical types with remarkable clarity, matched by Stan's readable and authoritative text.
B4085. Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters / Sacks B4085. Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters by David Sacks. 2010. 240pp. 9"x11". Hardcover
This lavish colorful collection, from A to Z, of alphabetic examples explores the language of letters in a fascinating and largely visual way. Starting with the origins of the written word, it then explores the alphabet through illustrations, found objects, graphic design, art, conceptual typography, graffiti, and much more. It features letters of all shapes and sizes and alphabets ranging from Victorian classroom aides, Dr. Seuss’ ABC, and the alphabet’s use in art, to ABC Blocks, phonetics, Braille, and alphabet ice cube molds. This beautiful compendium will inform and entertain.
A visual romp through and about the alphabet in a wondrous array of its forms, even a few calligraphic ones, and a bargain at less than eight bucks!
B4099. Textual Art / Sonsino B4099. Textual Art: Inspirations and Techniques for Creating Art with Calligraphy by Simon Sonsino. 2015. 104pp. 8.5"x8.5". Hardcover
The author shares his unique personal approach to abstract letterform, showing you simple but striking techniques for creating your own art with calligraphy. For beginners and improvers.
Contains step-by-step instructions for techniques and is illustrated in full color throughout. It also features work by some of the world's leading contemporary calligraphers: Gemma Black, Yukimi Annand, Thomas Ingmire, Denis Brown, and Yves Leterme.
B4104. De Collectie / Broes B4104. De Collectie: Letters, Tekens, Symbolen by Jan Broes. 2015. 168pp. 9.5"x11". Hardcover
Filled with calligraphic works, most full-page or nearly so, with many large details. Features works on paper and works cut in stone by European lettering artists, including multiple works by Werner Schneider, Elmo van Slingerland, Jean-Claude Lamborot, Hans Schmidt, and Heinz Schumann, as well as work by John Stevens. Text is in Dutch, French, & German.