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View of Early Typography Up to About 1600 (Lyell Lectures) Hardcover – Oct 1969

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  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Oct. 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019818137X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198181378
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,775,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A text on the production and use of type in the first 150 years of printing. By focusing on type, Harry Carter goes to the heart of design, the point at which the material processes of printing meet the intellectual concerns of publishers and the nature of the texts they publish. Among the topics covered are: the diversity of letterforms (blackletter, roman, italic and more); the tensions between Latin and the vernacular languages; and the establishment of standards and norms in type design. This is a facsimile of the original edition of 1969, augmented by a new introduction in which James Mosley explains the significance of the book and gives a short account of Carter's life and work. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A present for my son, who found it very interesting as typography is one of his main interests. It arrived in good condition and was very prompt, well within the time scale given.
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Glad to see this classic back in print 17 July 2003
By Raph Levien - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I came across the original edition of this fine book in the Cal Poly SLO library while doing other research, and knew I had to have it, so I got a used copy through abebooks.com. If you're anywhere nearly as obsessed with typography as I am, then you'll be happy to hear it's back in print again.
The text is very good (and much more scholarly than, say, Jan Tschichold's treatement of the field), but what makes the book truly magnificent are the beautiful specimen sheets. You'll find all the usual ones, including Gutenberg's bibles, Conrad Berner's classic Garamond sheet, and Bembo's De Aetna, but also some rare and illuminating ones, such as the Le Be that graces the cover of this reprint. Assuming Princeton Architectural Press hasn't to screw up the reproductions, you'll find this edition to be one of the most prized in your typography collection.
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Still a Classic 23 Nov. 2006
By Saf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first read this book thirty years ago, which I found invaluable as a student. Having just purchased and re-read the book I have to say that it is still a classic, a must for any serious student/reader of typography. The publisher has also done a good job with the reproductions of the type specimens at the rear of the book.
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