Anatomy of a Typeface

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1990 - Crafts & Hobbies - 428 pages
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To the layman, all printing types look the same. But for typographers, graphic artists, and others of that lunatic fringe who believe that the letters we look at daily (and take entirely for granted) are of profound importance, the question of how letters are formed, what shape they assume, and how they have evolved remains one of passionate concern.
That exploration of letter forms, and their division and classification into "families" or generic groupings, is the heart of this comprehensive study. Written by an expert who has examined letters all his life, this monumental analysis of letter forms considers a broad and representative range of international typefaces. Lawson explores the vast territory of types, their development and uses, their antecedents and offspring, with precision, insight, and clarity. From Garamond to Bembo to the design and manufacture of sans-serif letters and newspaper types, this is the first full-scale investigation of typefaces since D. B. Updike's classic Printing Types was published in 1922.
  

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User Review  - Donny Truong - Goodreads

Alexander Lawson's Anatomy of a Typeface is an informative study of the history of the classic types ranging from Goudy Text to Newsletter. Each typeface was designed to serve a particular purpose and Lawson explores the reasons behind it. It's on my re-read list. Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

An excellent narrative on the development of several typefaces. Covers everything from the blackface of Gutenberg to sans-serif fonts. Is great for explaining the peculiarities of why some things are the way they are in the world of typesetting and very readable. Read full review

Contents

Preface
7
Goudy Text and the Blackletter Types
13
Hammer Uncial
35
Cloister Old Style
47
4 Centaur
62
Bembo
74
Arrighi
84
Dante
98
Bulmer
209
Bell
218
Oxford
229
Caledonia
243
Cheltenham
253
Bookman
262
Times Roman
270
Newspaper Types
277

Goudy Old Style
113
Palatine
120
Garamond
129
n Galliard 14 1
147
Sabon
151
14 Janson
158
Caslon
169
Baskerville
184
Bodoni
196
Franklin Gothic and the Twentiethcentury Gothics
295
Clarendon and the Square serif Revival
308
Optima and the Humanist Sansserif Types
324
Futura and the Geometric Sansserif Types
337
Script Cursive and Decorated Types
349
Type Making from Punch to Computer
381
Bibliography
405
Index
413
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