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Anatomy of a typeface

Author: Alexander S Lawson; Maple-Vail Book Manufacturing Group,
Publisher: Boston : David R. Godine, Binghampton, New York : printed by Maple-Vail Book Manufacturing Group. 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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 and continuing concern. Lawson explores the vast territory of types, their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Specimens
Spécimens
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Lawson, Alexander S.
Anatomy of a typeface.
Boston : Godine, 1990
(OCoLC)755039425
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander S Lawson; Maple-Vail Book Manufacturing Group,
ISBN: 0879233338 9780879233334 087923332X 9780879233327
OCLC Number: 14068305
Description: 428 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Goudy text and the black-letter types --
Hammer Uncial --
Cloister Old Style --
Centaur --
Bembo --
Arrighi --
Dante --
Goudy Old Style --
Palatino --
Garamond --
Galliard --
Granjon --
Sabon --
Janson --
Caslon --
Baskerville --
Bodoni --
Bulmer --
Bell --
Oxford --
Caledonia --
Cheltenham --
Bookman --
Times Roman --
Newspaper types --
Franklin Gothic and the Twentieth-century Gothics --
Clarendon and the Square-serif Revival --
Optima and the Humanist Sans-serif types --
Futura and the Geometric Sans-serif types --
Script, Cursive, and Decorated types --
Type making from punch to computer.
Responsibility: Alexander Lawson.

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An analysis of letter forms, from Garamond and Bembo to the design and manufacture of sans-serif and newspaper type.  Read more...

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