“Milestones that defined the typographic language of the times.” — The New York Times


    History of typeface – A connoisseur’s overview of typeface designType offers a dependable history of elegant fonts from 1628 to the mid-20th century. Derived from a distinguished Dutch collection, exquisitely designed catalogues trace the evolution of the printed letter through specimens in roman, italic, bold, semi-bold, narrow, and broad fonts, as well as borders, ornaments, and initial letters.


    This comprehensive collection offers a thorough overview of typeface design from 1628 to the mid-20th century. Derived from a distinguished Dutch collection, a series of exquisitely designed catalogues traces the evolution of the printed letter via specimens in roman, italic, bold, semibold, 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.

    The first part of the book covers pre-20th-century typefaces, with texts by editor Cees de Jong and collector Jan Tholenaar. The second part deals with the period from 1900 to the mid-20th century, and contains a historical outline by Alston W. Purvis. Featured type designers include: William CaslonFritz Helmuth EhmckePeter BehrensRudolf KochEric GillJan van KrimpenPaul RennerJan TschicholdA. M. CassandreAldo Novarese, and Adrian Frutiger.

    The editors and authors

    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.

    Alston W. Purvis is professor of the visual arts division of the School of Arts at Boston University, USA. He is also the author of many books on graphic design.

    Jan Tholenaar was a collector of the printed letter in all its various incarnations; especially in the form of design catalogs and specimen books. He lived in Amsterdam, where he passed away in 2009.


    Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

    Cees W. de Jong, Alston W. Purvis, Jan Tholenaar
    Hardcover, 25 x 31.7 cm, 3.31 kg, 720 pages
    Published by Taschen 
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