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From wedding announcements to IOUs, there are hundreds, perhaps
thousands, of scripts—some “classic,” others eccentric. Derived from
handwriting, these are typefaces that are stylized to suggest, imply, or
symbolize certain traits linked to writing. Their fundamental characteristic is that all the letters, more or less, touch each other.

Scripts tend to fall in and out of fash
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 9th 2011 by Thames & Hudson (first published May 1st 2011)
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When I was little I developed a fascination with Holy Cards. I collected them like my brother collected baseball cards. Looking back I realize now it was more an indication of my obsession with design rather than a study of the saints. Everything about them was beautiful to me, especially the type setting on the back. How I longed to write with that kind of delicate flourish.

What's the point of this story? None other than this book is a collection of script typefaces and is almost as beautiful
Kamila Forson
There is no story in Scripts -- at least, not a written one. It is a visual record of typography from the 19th to the mid-20th century from the USA, Britain, France, Italy, and Germany. It is a vintage visual feast, and I love to just flip through and take in the colors and textures. It is the book equivalent to a vase of fresh flowers: it doesn't require your undivided attention but gives you a jolt of pleasure when you do notice it.
Lots of eye candy! Not only the scripts, but also the gorgeous ephemera they're printed on.
This is a beautiful book for anyone who loves type, design and calligraphy. So inspiring and lovely to flip through or study . This is a great book to set out on your coffee table and enjoy! would make a beautiful gift. it certainly made me more aware of looking at all the print, signage, type, labelling, and advertising I come across in my daily life. Loved, loved, loved it!
This is such a beautifully designed book. Its giving me a lot of inspiration for calligraphy ideas
This book is seriously beautiful, and unlike Just My Type: A Book about Fonts, almost 100% visual. I know scripts and fonts are not quite the same thing, but this would be a great gift for anyone who likes either, or just plain eye candy and ads from another era.
Christine Neo
Great reference for anyone interested in typography and graphic design in general. I'm an illustrator interested in hand lettering and calligraphy, and this book has come in handy. Even though the collection is made up of mostly sources from the past century, it is not difficult to adapt them for contemporary use.
Mar 26, 2013 Greta rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book was pure eye candy if you are a font enthusiast, if you enjoy lovely design, handwriting and vintage products and especially if you're fascinated by various cultures' (French, British, German, Italian, American) versions of those things.
Not a ton of information here, but what there is is great, and the photos/illustrations more than make up for it. Amazing collection of lettering & vintage ephemera. Gorgeous. I will be returning to this often.
RW Press
A beautiful collection of script typography. Great for those days when inspiration is lacking.
beautiful to look at; ideas and examples from several countries and several eras
As advertised in terms of quality and depth.
Drool. J'aime the French ones beaucoup.
Susan Bin
this is the sexiest thing i have ever
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