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