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Type: The Secret History of Letters

de Simon Loxley

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"Type: The Secret History of Letters tells its story for the first time, treating typography as a hidden measure of our history. From the tempestuous debate about its beginnings in the fifteenth century, to the invention of our most contemporary lettering, Simon Loxley, with the skill of a novelist, tells of the people and events behind our letters. How did Johann Gutenberg, in late 1438, come to think of printing? Does Baskerville have anything to do with Sherlock Holmes? Why did the Nazis re-invent Blackletter? What is a Zapf?"--BOOK JACKET.… (més)
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Entirely too focused on the lives and personalities of the font designers rather than the fonts themselves. Couldn't take it, was not what I was looking for from this, somebody may be interested in Stanley Morrison's love life but it isn't me. ( )
  waitingtoderail | Feb 16, 2021 |
Another of those quasi-random non-fiction titles I only picked up because I happened to run across it on Scribd.

An entertaining and fairly rapid romp through the history of type design from Gutenberg to Aldus Pagemaker, written by a designer but tending to tell us less about the aesthetics and more about the personalities of the people who created Baskerville, Caslon, Bodoni and all the rest of the famous typefaces. Fun, but not something you would read if you had a serious professional interest in the subject. Some of his historical interludes are a bit unconvincing, and there were a couple of places, irrelevant to the real subject of the book, where he was obviously filling in from memory and hadn't checked his facts (e.g. he repeats the false attribution of the famous ghoti=fish canard to George Bernard Shaw). ( )
  thorold | Jan 27, 2015 |
Scattered history of typography, dipping in and out from Gutenberg to the nineties and beyond. Lots of fascinating bits of information, both informative and inspirational. Makes me want to know even more. ( )
  cmc | Apr 25, 2007 |
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"Type: The Secret History of Letters tells its story for the first time, treating typography as a hidden measure of our history. From the tempestuous debate about its beginnings in the fifteenth century, to the invention of our most contemporary lettering, Simon Loxley, with the skill of a novelist, tells of the people and events behind our letters. How did Johann Gutenberg, in late 1438, come to think of printing? Does Baskerville have anything to do with Sherlock Holmes? Why did the Nazis re-invent Blackletter? What is a Zapf?"--BOOK JACKET.

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