Type: The Secret History of Letters

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I.B.Tauris, Apr 24, 2004 - Art - 248 pages
""Good typography should be invisible"", so goes the old maxim--the typeface should carry the message, but not distract with its own personality. But if you've ever wondered how type was developed, exactly what a Goudy Friar is, or if Baskerville has anything to do with Sherlock Holmes, then Type will answer these questions and more. This is the story of the faces behind type, letters and typography: it tells of the passions and obsessions of its creators, of war, persecution and political upheaval, of business and technological breakthrough, of rivalry, death and disinterment. With the skill of a novelist, Simon Loxley weaves the story of letters through the history of our time. From Gutenberg's first moveable type to the internet, type has grown out of ambition, jealousy, desire, treachery and love. Never again will you look at your letters, your bank statements or your books in the same way.
 

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Scattered history of typography, dipping in and out from Gutenberg to the nineties and beyond. Lots of fascinating bits of information, both informative and inspirational. Makes me want to know even more. Read full review

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Typographer and designer Loxley's aim in this history is to show how the "human baggage of ambition...treachery and love" affected the development of Western typefaces. Thus, we get the well-known ... Read full review

Contents

IV
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V
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VI
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VII
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VIII
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IX
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XI
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XIX
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XVII
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Simon Loxley is a practicing typographer, designer and teacher.

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