Volume 1 and Volume 2 of “Type : A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles” are SO going on my wishlist.
What the publisher says about the books:
This exuberant two-volume edition traces the evolution of the printed letter via exquisitely designed catalogs, showing type specimens in roman, italic, bold, semi-bold, narrow, and broad fonts. Borders, ornaments, initial letters and decorations are also included, along with lithographic examples, letters by signwriters, inscription carvers, and calligraphers.
What I say:
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