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This book offers a novel overview of typeface design, exploring the most beautiful and remarkable examples of font catalogs from the history of publishing, with a special emphasis on the period from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century, when color catalogs were at their height. Taken from a Dutch collection, this exuberant selection traverses the evolution of the p ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Taschen (first published 2009)
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Elizabeth Bedlam
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My TYPE of porn.....completely beautiful.
Gabriela
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Добро въведение в шрифтовата култура и калиграфия; наш еквивалент е "Шрифтът през вековете" на проф. Йончев. ...more
Oliver
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design-and-art
Absolutely wonderful ... pure typography-porn.
Maia Then
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Utterly amazing... If you are a typography lover like myself you should get this book. The beauty of typographic form awaits in its pages. I adore this book!
Stephanie
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful! I borrowed this from the library, and I'm definitely going to purchase it for my own collection. So many great samples and information. I would recommend to any lover of type. ...more
Akiko
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really nice touch to this oversized book is that it is written in English, German and French. The introduction includes a run-down of the most successful typefaces to date: Garamond, Caslon, Baskerville, Bodoni, Times New Roman, Akzidenz Grotesk, Futura, Gill Sans, and Helvetica. Plenty of beautiful old photographs of letterpress shops, full-color posters and plenty of typeface specimens. At a minimum, one half of the book is printed with a golden-bronze ink.

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Richard Archambault
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful examples of type and engravings (cows! bicycles! trams! cigars!). I was a bit bored by the introductory texts, unfortunately.
Colin Mumbach
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This and its companion have turned into some of my most frequently used quick reference books. Tons of great examples of design and type work, along with informative descriptions of everything. Would recommend to anyone.
RW Press
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Coming from Taschen this book is beautiful laid out. Great lengths have been made to showcase many of the typefaces featured.
The book also comes with a CD with high res images featured throughout the book. A fantastic resource to have.
Widgets &
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fantastic production techniques in this book showcase some very elaborate design styles. A great deal of which were new to this reader. Very interesting. If you like Marian Bantjes work, you will find alot of this book enjoyable.
Adriana
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design-art
Great book
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Cees W. de Jong is a designer and publisher based in Naarden, the Netherlands. He has published numerous books on design, architecture, art and graphic design, and is now working as a design/publishing consultant and author.

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