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Type spaces : in-house norms in the typography of Aldus Manutius

Author: Peter Burnhill
Publisher: London : Hyphen, 2003.
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"How is type to be measured? This innocent question has always troubled the activity of making typefaces and setting characters to make lines of text. In the days of industrialized metal typography, we thought we had some clear answers. But now that type has no material form, those apparent certainties have gone." "In this work of fresh investigation, Peter Burnhill takes a very close look at some books of the early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Burnhill, Peter, 1922-2007.
Type spaces.
London : Hyphen, 2003
(OCoLC)682534198
Named Person: Aldo Manuzio; Aldo Manuzio; Aldo Manuzio; Aldo Pio Manuzio
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Burnhill
ISBN: 0907259197 9780907259190
OCLC Number: 53856256
Description: 143 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
Primary sources used in this enquiry --
Note on methods of measurement --
Typographic norms --
Aldine in-house norms --
Design analysis --
1. Lascaris's Erotemata and the octavo classics --
2. Aldine character sets: relative proportions --
3. Typographic reference grids --
The mould --
Coda --
Supplements --
1. Positioning for meaning --
2. Anthony Froshaug's homage to Aldus --
3. Ernest Hoch & Maurice Goldring, 'Type size' --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Peter Burnhill.

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"How is type to be measured? This innocent question has always troubled the activity of making typefaces and setting characters to make lines of text. In the days of industrialized metal typography, we thought we had some clear answers. But now that type has no material form, those apparent certainties have gone." "In this work of fresh investigation, Peter Burnhill takes a very close look at some books of the early sixteenth century, and comes up with the surprising suggestion that this printing shows a unified system of dimensions: of character size, of line-increment, of line length, and of text area. He argues that there was a moment when the exceptional figures of the publisher Aldus Manutius and his punchcutter, Francesco Griffo, could use a set of 'in-house norms'. The evidence is presented in a set of annotated enlargements of pages from Aldine books. This system of unified measurement has a rationality that can apply to any process of character assembly, in any age, and with any system of production."--BOOK JACKET.

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