An Introduction to the History of Printing Types: An Illustrated Summary of the Main Stages in the Development of Type Design from 1440 to the Present Day by Geoffrey Dowding hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Wace & Company, 1961, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Facsimiles; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: THIS BOOK is the third in a highly successful series of typographical text books published by Wace & Company Limited.
An Introduction To The History Of Printing Types is a succinct and authoritative account, lavishly illustrated, of the evolution of type design from the earliest Blackletters to present day forms. It is divided into two parts Book Types and Display Types each treated chronologically and arranged in groups with similar characteristics which are defined and illustrated. Reference is made to current equivalents. Practically all illustrations are reproduced facsimile and many sources have been searched to obtain representative examples. Fully documented notes accompany each and provide the reader with a wealth of material for study, whilst appendixes deal with such elements of design as stress and serif. For everyone concerned with the proper use of the hundreds of type faces now available, this book provides the essential framework on which can be built an appreciative understanding of the rich heritage of expressive letter design that lies in the printers case. It simplifies the problem of identifying unfamiliar types and encourages that confidence in handling a variety of type faces which comes from an understanding of their origins, history and uses. It should be on the bookshelf of every printer, publisher and graphic designer and in the hands of any student who intends to make printing or publishing his career.
Like his two previous volumes, this book has been designed by the author, and every detail of its format, illustration, typesetting, printing and binding has been given a degree of consideration that is unusual, even in limited editions. To the typographer, Geoffrey Dowdings practical craftsmanship will be as evident as his ability to present a complex subject with clarity and enthusiasm.
Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with tears and loss to the spine ends and corners. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Tape remnants to the pastedowns. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
[XXIV] 277 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10″ x 6¼”.
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