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Hermann Zapf




B4142. Manuale Calligraphicum
B4142. Manuale Calligraphicum. 2016. 60pp. 8-7/8" x 11-3/8". Hardcover

This small-format volume of calligraphy is by a select group of students of Hermann Zapf from his advanced calligraphy classes held at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) which he taught starting in 1979 and ending with 1988. The works are done in the manner of Pen and Graver, as a tribute to their teacher. The contributors are Larry Brady, Marsha Brady, Annie Cicale, Rick Cusick, Claude Dieterich A., Reggie Ezell, Peter Fraterdeus, Kris Holmes, Jerry Kelly, Peter Noth, Marcy Robinson, Ina Salz, Steven Skaggs, John Stevens, and Julian Waters
Designed by Jerry Kelly and typeset in his Rilke roman and italic typefaces, printed two-color letterpress on Hahnemühle paper by Bradley Hutchinson, and bound in paper over boards with a vellum spine. Published by the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT. Limited to 325 copies.

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Copies will start being available late this fall, and sent out as the binder completes copies.
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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

Available November, 2016. Free media mail shipping (USA only) on pre-publication orders for this book. Order now, your credit card will not charged until the book is ready to ship. Note: PayPal will charge you when the order is placed.

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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B4127. Scripsit 37.2 & 38.1: Hermann Zapf
B4127. Scripsit 37.2 & 38.1 (Double Issue): Hermann Zapf: A Life in Letters. 2016. 72pp. 8.5"x11. Paper

72-page memorial tribute to Hermann Zapf (1918-2015), compiled, written, and designed by Julian Waters. Nearly 200 illustrations.

Chapters include: First Steps in Calligraphy, The Wartime Sketchbooks, Pen and Graver, Das Blumen ABC, Early Calligraphic Typefaces, Palatino, Optima, Gudrun Zapf von Hesse, Manual Typographicum ( 1955 & 1968).Typographic Variations, Book Design, Graphic and Calligraphic Art, Hallmark Film: The Art of Hermann Zapf, Hallmark Lettering Manual, Rotring Calligraphy Manual, Hallmark Typefaces, Hunt Roman, Zapf Civilete, Non-Latin Scripts, Orbis Typographicus, Designs for ITC, Early Digital Types, Zapf Renaissance, Zafino, Scraffitto.

While the cover has Vol 38 No 2 & Vol 37 No 1, this is double-issue 37.2 & 38.1.



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B4068. Hermann Zapf: Thoughts & Sketches / Kelly
B4068. Hermann Zapf: Thoughts & Sketches, 1941-1945. 2015. 160pp. 8.5 "x 6.25". Hardcover. Now available.

Free media mail shipping (USA only) on this title through 07/31/16.

The Sketchbooks of Hermann Zapf. This facsimile edition reproduces three early sketchbooks of Hermann Zapf, actual size, printed in full-color from scans made directly from the originals, utilizing fine-line screen offset lithography on archival uncoated paper. Seventy-one compositions - each a small masterpiece - indicate the breadth of Hermann Zapf’s artistic abilities during this period. Watercolor paintings, pen and pencil sketches, and, above all, gems of calligraphic art, exhibit his wide capabilities and formidable skill. A treasure trove for lovers of the letter arts, the notebooks are key to understanding Zapf’s future achievements in calligraphy and typography. As in the sketchbooks the artwork will be on right-hand pages only, with backs blank but reproduced in full-color to approximate the sketchbook paper, some with brief captions. Bound in one volume, sewn binding, covered in imported cloth. 12-page introduction by Jerry Kelly. Set in Palatino Nova fonts.

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B3946. Hermann Zapf Three Book Special Offer
B3946. Purchase all three Hermann Zapf Books and save $15.00!

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.

B3892. Zapf Exhibition: The Calligraphy of Hermann & Gudrun Zapf. 2011. 64pp. 7.125"x10.125". Paper

This elegantly produced exhibition catalog presents their letter-art from Pen & Graver (1939-41) to designs for digital versions of Diotima (2008); pieces done with broad edge pen as well as ballpoint pen alphabets; manuscript books and book design for print; screen-printed and one-off works; and sketches, specimen sheets, and proofs for metal and digital typefaces (Diotima, Colombine, Optima, and Zapfino). English text. Some introductory text also in Japanese.




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LR29-3. Letter Arts Review Vol.29, No.3
LR29-3. Letter Arts Review Vol.29, No 3

Hermann Zapf Tribute issue. Contains articles by Jerry Kelly and others and includes a good deal of heretofore unpublished material.

The editor’s letter
Remembering Hermann Zapf
By Jerry Kelly
The Lessons we learned
By Rick Cusick, Marsha Brady, Larry Brady, Luca Barcellona, Julian Waters, and Ina Saltz
Notes from class • 1980
A Reproduction of selected class notes taken by Ina Saltz

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B4014. Bewegt schreiben -- Schreiben bewegt / Klingspor
B4014. Bewegt schreiben -- Schreiben bewegt (We write inspired -- Writing inspires). 2012. 114pp. 8.24"x11.75". Paper

This lushly produced catalog is for an exhibition that marked the 25th anniversary of the Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor Offenbach. Over 80 works are shown in full color from Karlgoerg Hoefer, Maria Hoefer, Hans Schmidt, Jean Larcher, Hermann Zapf, and over 50 other talented scribes and lettering artists, all members of this calligraphy society.
In English and German: Foreword by Benno Aumann, "About Writing" by Dr Sttefan Soltek and "25 Years of Schreibwerkstatt Klingspor Offenbach" by Gottfried Pott, the exhibition's curator. The brief captions (title, tools and materials, dimensions) are in German.
In the books innovative binding, the cover is not glued to the sewn spine, but instead is scored and folded and wraps around.



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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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B3796. What Our Lettering Needs
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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B3417. Scripsit: WCG 35th Anniversary Exhibiton
WCG 35th Anniversary Exhibition Scripsit. 2011. 48pp. 8.5x11. Paper

This visual feast of calligraphy presents, in full-color, over 75 works of lettering art. The pieces are by Karen Ackoff, Pat Blair, Tim Botts, Annie Cicale, Nancy Culmone, Kristen Doty, Reggie Ezell, Ann Hechle, Eliza Holliday, Mike Kecseg, Patte Leathe, Carl Kurtz, Jean Larcher, Judy Melvin, Diane Von Arx Anderson, Julian Waters, Sheila Waters, Hermann Zapf and many others.

The issue also includes highlights from the 35 years of the Washington Calligraphers Guild, photos from the opening of the exhibit and a memorial section for Ann Pope. Six of the pieces are from the Nice Rendition Exhibit (and book), which was also part of this show. The exhibit was held April 14 - June 5, 2011.



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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.



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SD28. Scripsit 37.2 & 38.1: Hermann Zapf
B4127. Scripsit 37.2 & 38.1 (Double Issue): Hermann Zapf: A Life in Letters. 2016. 72pp. 8.5"x11. Paper

72-page memorial tribute to Hermann Zapf (1918-2015), compiled, written, and designed by Julian Waters. Nearly 200 illustrations.

SHELF WORN. Damage to front cover

Chapters include: First Steps in Calligraphy, The Wartime Sketchbooks, Pen and Graver, Das Blumen ABC, Early Calligraphic Typefaces, Palatino, Optima, Gudrun Zapf von Hesse, Manual Typographicum ( 1955 & 1968).Typographic Variations, Book Design, Graphic and Calligraphic Art, Hallmark Film: The Art of Hermann Zapf, Hallmark Lettering Manual, Rotring Calligraphy Manual, Hallmark Typefaces, Hunt Roman, Zapf Civilete, Non-Latin Scripts, Orbis Typographicus, Designs for ITC, Early Digital Types, Zapf Renaissance, Zafino, Scraffitto.

While the cover has Vol 38 No 2 & Vol 37 No 1, this is double-issue 37.2 & 38.1.



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B3892. Zapf Exhibition
Zapf Exhibition: The Calligraphy of Hermann & Gudrun Zapf. 2011. 64pp. 7.125"x10.125". Paper

This elegantly produced exhibition catalog presents their letter-art from Pen & Graver (1939-41) to designs for digital versions of Diotima (2008); pieces done with broad edge pen as well as ballpoint pen alphabets; manuscript books and book design for print; screen-printed and one-off works; and sketches, specimen sheets, and proofs for metal and digital typefaces (Diotima, Colombine, Optima, and Zapfino). English text. Some introductory text also in Japanese.

The exhibition was held in Tokyo in September, 2011 . It was planned to be held in spring, which are the dates on the catalog, but it was postponed to September due to the earthquake and tsunami. The Japan Letter Arts Forum (J-LAF) and Akira Kobayashi, type director for Linotype GmBH, organized the exhibition. The catalog is in English, with some material also in Japanese.



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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.



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B1000. Schriftkunst - Letter Art/Hoefer
B1000. Schriftkunst/Letterart
By Karlgeorg Hoefer. 1989. 95pp. 8"x8.5". Hardcover.

A collection of articles on Hoefer and his calligraphy and type design by Hermann Zapf, Dieter Leitner, Larry Brady, Gottfried Pott, Sheila Waters and others. Over 45 illustrations, most full page, of his calligraphy and type designs. 11 in full color. Hoefer is a master of the brush letter. Text in German and English. Edition of 1800. From Germany. Finely printed.



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CR4-1. Calligraphy Review Vol.4, No.1
Calligraphy Review Volume 4 No. 1.

Profile: Tim Girvin
  by Karyn Gilman
Historical & Modern Hebrew Calligraphy & Calligraphers
  by Leila Arvin & Avraham Cohen
Looking Back: Friedrich Poppl
  by Georgianna Greenwood
Fragile: Calligraphy and the Art of Steuben Glass
  by Michael Gullick
Collecting Calligraphy: Then & Now Part 2
  by Robert Williams
Tools of the Trade: The Quill Pen Cutting Knife
  by George Yanagita
Exhibits: Gudrun Zapf von Hesse and Hermann Zapf
Cover Artist: Friedrich Poppl



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B1535. Una Hoja del Arbol de la Vida
B1535. Una hoja del arbol de la vida
1990. 20pp. 8.5"x11". Paper.

This exhibit catalog contains full color reproductions of 24 pieces from a calligraphy exhibition in memory of Guillermo Rodriguez-Benitez held in September 1990. Includes work by John Woodcock, Robert Boyajian, Hermann Zapf, John Stevens, Werner Schneider, Donald Jackson and others. Suzanne Moore.




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