Maybe you remember in August we had a typography book Fuse1-20 from Taschen Verlag in our book review. The references to this book were so good that we decided to write about another book from Taschen Verlag.

A visual history of typefaces and graphic styles from 1628-1938

The book offers a connoisseur’s overview of typeface design, exploring the most elegant fonts from the history of publishing. Taken from a distinguished Dutch collection, 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 sign writers, inscription carvers, and calligraphers.

What exactly is the book about?

The book is separated in two parts one treats the history of typefaces during 1628-1900 and the other one from 1901-1938. In the first edition the exuberant selection of typographic fonts and styles from borders, initial letters and decorations to more complexity, carvers and calligraphers were celebrating in their first letterpresses, will be shown. While the book printers, with their rigid, rectangular blocks of lead, are limited in their possibilities, lithographic draftsmen could put any design onto plate, as they did for stocks of bonds, calligraphic visiting and business cards, calendars and other commercial printing works. The second part covers the period from 1901 to the mid 20th century and contains a historical outline from the first letterpress companies to the first type designers. The transition from decorative art to functional and geometric forms is very spectacular.

We recommend the book to you, our fans, readers, typography specialists and graphic design students out there. It’s important to know were we once started with typography and where we are now. This evolution gives us a little insight what could typefaces, fonts and typography be in the future.

As a special this week we give out one book for free. You have the chance to win it on our Facebook group.

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The game will be finished on 20. october at 23:59 pm german time.

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