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A TYPOGRAPHIC ABECEDARIUM. Ornan Rotem. Sylph Editions, London, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 132 pp. with 135 ills. (94 col.) and one loose, folded poster. 18 x 18 cm. ISBN 9781909631007 In English.
Publisher's description: Letterforms are an inseparable part of a civilized literary landscape. At some distant point in history, letters started as representations of things in the world. Then, gradually, through a complex evolutionary process, they came to be defined as the closed shapes of a writing system. This photo-typographic essay is a meditation on this remarkable transition. Exploring the relationship between typography and the visual world around us, the essay looks at the twenty-six letters of the English version of the Roman alphabet in four manners: as the world presenting itself in the shape of a letter, as an intended letter in space, as a flat letter on paper, and finally as a pure geometric form embodied in a typeface. Familiar letterforms are presented in fresh, surprising ways, forming an homage to the beauty of type and a reflection on its ubiquity in our visual understanding of the world around us. Alongside the fascinating images, Ornan Rotem's text offers an overview and a detailed discussion of each letter. In this unusual book, text and image coalesce to create a modern day primer on letters: a typographic abecedarium.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Graphic Design
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 167038
Paperbound $38.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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