Origin of the Serif / Catich

Item Code: B1540


B1540. The Origin of the Serif by Edward Catich. 1968 (1991). 312pp. 8"x10.5". Hardcover.

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May 2022: The Paperback edition is out of print.

The definitive work on the origin and development of the Roman inscriptional alphabet. Catich convincingly shows that the Trajan capitals were first brush written. Includes Catich's large brush capitals A-Z and instructions on making them. Full of illustrations. A superb reprint for all interested in Roman caps.

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A must have
Nov 8, 2021  |  By Andrea
The Origin of the Serif is just a wonderful book. Without a doubt, it is a must have.

Origin of the Serif
Nov 8, 2021  |  By Jeoen
The Origin of the Serif and The Eternal Letter are wonderful books.

Favorite Book
Nov 11, 2021  |  By Pam l
This is one of my favorite books on capitals.

Best Book
Nov 11, 2021  |  By Jeroen
Origin of the Serif is one of the best books ever!

a real treasure
Nov 12, 2021  |  By Waite
This is an amazing book and a real treasure for those interested in lettering. The carved lettering on the Trajan column in Rome is a referred to by many other writers. This book presents those letterforms and how they were made with a flat brush. For many, this is the authoritative source.

Origin of the Serif
Nov 12, 2021  |  By E.J.
I just purchased this book on the recommendation of John Stevens. For those interested in beautiful Roman Capitals and their origins, this book's for you. Treat yourself. It is a treasure.

Origin of the Serif
Nov 12, 2021  |  By Eric
I purchased the paperback and am happy with it. But as a suggestion to anyone considering buying The Origin of the Serif: if I had known what an elegantly designed book it is, I would have paid for the hardback.

Master work
Nov 12, 2021  |  By Neil
Catich's Origin of the Serif is a master work. I highly recommend it for those interested in Roman Capitals.