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a boring history of typographers
on 24 December 2011
I became more and more infuriated with this book as I progressed: I was hoping to read a history of type faces, but instead I got boring anecdotes about typographers. OK, it is all tied together around the evolution of type, and early on we are treated to the assertion that 16th century Caslon is very different from its 20th century recreations. But do we get illustrations that allows us to judge for ourselves? No! In fact, there are hardly any examples of type faces in this book, and the ones that are shown only include three capitals and three lower case letters. What's more, they are invariably of standard fonts you can find on your own PC. Pointless.
My second gripe with the book is that it already assumes the reader knows about movable type. Key technical details must be googled by the reader or inferred from the context. It is as if the early chapters lack a few introductory paragraphs.