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The Literature of Nineteenth-Century Typefounders' Specimens

By (author) Alastair Johnston
Format: Hardback
Publisher: British Library Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: The British Library Publishing Division
Published: 15th Nov 2000
Dimensions: w 210mm h 282mm
ISBN-10: 071234702X
ISBN-13: 9780712347020
Barcode No: 9780712347020
One of the most peculiar classes of lierature in the 19th century was the specimen book, issued by typefounders to show the styles of type available for sale. This entertaining survey combines typographic scholarship and literary criticism to discuss hundreds of examples of text, from the arcane to the mundane and the texts can be read with a poetic as well as a typographic sensibility.

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