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An essay on typography

Author: Eric Gill
Publisher: Boston : D.R. Godine, ©1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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An Essay on Typography was first published in 1931, instantly recognized as a classic, and has long been unavailable. It represents Gill at his best opinionated, fustian, and consistently humane. It is his only major work on typography and remains indispensable for anyone interested in the art of letter forms and the presentation of graphic information. This manifesto, however, is not only about letters their form,  Read more...
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Gill, Eric, 1882-1940.
Essay on typography.
Boston : D.R. Godine, ©1988
(OCoLC)645833001
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Gill
ISBN: 0879237627 9780879237622 0879239506 9780879239503
OCLC Number: 18135582
Description: 133 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: Composition of time & place --
Lettering --
Typography --
Punch-cutting --
Of paper and ink --
The procrustean bed --
The instrument --
The book --
But why lettering?
Responsibility: by Eric Gill ; with an introduction by Christopher Skelton.

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An Essay on Typography was first published in 1931, instantly recognized as a classic, and has long been unavailable. It represents Gill at his best opinionated, fustian, and consistently humane. It is his only major work on typography and remains indispensable for anyone interested in the art of letter forms and the presentation of graphic information. This manifesto, however, is not only about letters their form, fit, and function but also about man's role in an industrial society. As Gill wrote later, it was his chief object "to describe two worlds that of industrialism and that of the human workman & to define their limits." His thinking about type is still provocative. Here are the seeds of modern advertising unjustified lines, tight word and letter spacing, ample leading. Here, too, is vintage Gill, as polemical as he is practical, as much concerned about the soul of man as the work of man; as much obsessed by the ends as by the means.

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