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The Encyclopaedia of Fonts Paperback – 9 Dec 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell; 01 edition (9 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184403206X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844032068
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 3.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Gwyn Headley worked for Hamlyn, Collins, Granada, Ward Lock and W H Allen before co-founding publishing consultants Headley Plachta Rolfe in 1977. HPR has consulted for over 500 publishers in Europe, America, the Middle East and Australasia. He is the author of several books including London with Lord Snowden, Follies, and Museums.


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Many fonts shown with dates. Recommended.
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Product took a while to come through the post and the book only contains typefaces and no information on them.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b35f72c) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
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HASH(0x9b34c150) out of 5 stars Ridiculously small printing- hard to see important detail 30 Sept. 2006
By Emuru - Published on Amazon.com
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The printing was quite UNNECESSARILY small, and it is very difficult seeing the details clearly with the naked eye on many of the more elaborate fonts. Mr. Headley may have done a nice job putting this book together (the two stars are for him and him alone), but the publisher has cheated both the editor and the reader by apparently trying to save an extra buck where printing costs were concerned. I was extremely disappointed with this volume.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b4df6b4) out of 5 stars portable great font book 5 Mar. 2006
By B - Published on Amazon.com
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It shows A-Z both in upper and lower case and numbers for every font. Nice and clear design of the display for different fonts. Index of fonts in the back is easy to find a font if you know the name. Besides, there is another index of fontographers. It doesn't show font family though. It shows only the basic type in a font family, but it's OK to me. It's hard to look up a font if you don't know the name. It seperates fonts into 6 catagory - uncial & black letter, Serifs, Lineales, Miscellaneous, Scripts and Display. Under the catagory, also has subcatagory. I like it and I think it is a very good deal of the price, too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b25b858) out of 5 stars THE TYPE IS WAY TOO small 10 Nov. 2007
By Tex Tosterone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very nice book that's just WAY TOO SMALL!!!, it's MORONIC to publish an encyclopedia of "anything" that measures 7x7 inches, serifs and other details are negligible.....it cannot be considered a definitive font reference book at this size, THE PRINT IS TOO SMALL!!!!, which is frustrating because that's exactly why I did (or you would) purchase this book. If they make the letters bigger it's a classic, at this size it's almost garbage.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b4130d8) out of 5 stars Not exactly what I was expecting 18 Dec. 2006
By Megan Mcguire - Published on Amazon.com
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I guess I didn't read the other reviews as carefully as I should have. I was looking for a book which would list the various fonts and give a complete (A-Z) example.

This book does that, but the author is primarily concerned with the history of fonts, which I don't really have any interest in nor is it relative to my needs. I wanted an alphabetical listing of fonts so I could flip through the book and find a font that fit my project. I haven't really figured out her organization, it's supposed to be by style and historical order, I think, I don't have the time or interest to figure it out. It's annoying. Finding examples of the fonts I have is tedious. I have to look them up in the index then find them in the book. Doesn't allow for the quick flip through I wanted to aid in font selection.

I decided to look up my fonts and hi-lite them, but this is a slow process and the ink hi-liting doesn't dry as quickly as I'd like causing the opposite page to pick up some of the color which may be confusing later. I've also found many of my most interesting fonts are not in this book. Plus sometimes her examples look nothing like my font with the same name, like architec. Her example is much heavier and nothing like the font I've seen in so many places. There are no dingbat fonts either, which I was really hoping for.

Considering it's girth it is amazing that so many semi-common fonts are left out; fonts often used in commercial layout.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bef275c) out of 5 stars big book, lots of fonts 11 Jan. 2007
By Katherine Birkline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is a large book with lots of fonts but the fonts are so small you can hardly see them. This is more of a reference font book than anything.
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