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PALANTINO: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF A TYPEFACE. Robert Bringhurst. David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc., Boston, 2016. 296 pp. with 200 ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781567925722 In English.
Publisher's description: Last spring the world lost one of the greatest practitioners of the graphic arts of the past century. Hermann Zapf, born in 1918, died in his sun-and-book-filled studio in Darmstadt at the age of 96. As a book designer, a type designer, an advocate, a teacher and above all, as a calligrapher, the world has seldom seen his equal. And the book here described will probably share that distinction, for in these 296 pages, the author, poet, polymath, and fellow type traveller, Robert Bringhurst, does full justice to Zapf's genius. He takes as his theme Palatino, probably the most widely known and used of all Zapf faces, and traces its development, with all its infinite permutations, and often invisible refinements, through a long and fascinating history. But if Palatino provides the tenor, the variations and transformations, the imitations and conflations-from hot metal, through the brief interlude of film setting and finally into the digital world-provide the musical descants.
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Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174681
Hardcover $65.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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