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    Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age

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    Ralf Herrmann
    1. Field(s): Calligraphy, Lettering
    2. Released/Published: 2012
    3. By: Steven Heller, Luise Fili
    4. Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
    5. ISBN: 978-0500290392
    6. Record views: 4653

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    Seen in everything from wedding invitations and birth announcements to IOUs, menus, and diplomas, script typefaces impart elegance and sophistication to a broad variety of texts. Scripts never go out of style, and the hundreds of inventive examples here are sure to inspire today’s designers. Derived from handwriting, these are typefaces that are stylized to suggest, imply, or symbolize certain traits linked to writing. Their fundamental characteristic is that all the letters, more or less, touch those before and after. Drawn from the Golden Age of scripts, from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, this is the first compilation of popular, rare, and forgotten scripts from the United States, Germany, France, England, and Italy. Featuring examples from a vast spectrum of sources—advertisements, street signs, type-specimen books, and personal letters—this book is a delightful and invaluable trove of longoverlooked material. 

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    Ralf Herrmann

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    It’s a nice book to flip through if you are looking for script styles and their application in the 19th and 20th century. But sadly, beside the short introductory articles regarding each country there isn’t any additional information about the actual pieces shown in the book.

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