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  • Type: A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles


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    Know your type: A visual history of fonts and graphic styles: 1628–1938

    This book offers a connoisseur’s overview of typeface design, exploring the most elegant fonts from the history of publishing. Taken from a distinguished Dutch collection, this exuberant two-volume edition traces the evolution of the printed letter via exquisitely designed catalogs, showing type specimens in roman, italic, bold, semi-bold, narrow, and broad fonts. Borders, ornaments, initial letters, and decorations are also included, along with lithographic examples, letters by sign writers, inscription carvers, and calligraphers.

    The first volume covers pre–20th century typeface specimens, with texts by editor Cees de Jong and collector Jan Tholenaar. The second volume covers the period from 1900 to the mid-20th century, and contains a historical outline by Alston W. Purvis.

    Includes exclusive access with TASCHEN keycard to online image library: over 2,400 high-resolution scans of type specimens downloadable for unrestricted use.

    by: Alston W. Purvis, Jan Tholenaar, Cees W. de Jong
    Publisher: Taschen
    ISBN: 978-3836544801
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    Ralf Herrmann

       2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

    It’s a must-have for everyone who enjoys type specimen prints. The quality of the scans is  outstanding and if you buy the book(s) you even get access to an online archive where you download over 2000 hi-res type specimen images which are presented in the book(s). 

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