Anatomy of a Typeface

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1990 - Crafts & Hobbies - 428 pages
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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Contents

Preface
7
Hammer Uncial
35
Centaur
62
Arrighi
84
Dante
98
Palatino
120
IO Garamond
141
I4 Janson
158
2I Caledonia 243
243
Cheltenham
253
Bookman
262
Newspaper Types
277
Franklin Gothic and the Twentiethcentury Gothics
295
Clarendon and the Squareserif Revival
308
Optima and the Humanist Sansserif Types
324
Futura and the Geometric Sansserif Types
337

Bodoni
196
I9 Bell
218
2O Oxford
229
3O Script Cursive and Decorated Types 349
349
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