Typophile Books: Printing History



A Short History of the Printed Word

by Warren Chappell, Robert Bringhurst (Contributor)
Publisher: Hartley & Marks; 2nd edition (April 2000)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN: 0881791547
Price: $24.95  Buy It!

Reviewed by Paul Stanley:
The title is only partly right. Short this certainly is, relative to the ground it covers. But it is hardly really a history — more a sort of chronology with comments. It does engage to some extent with technical developments, but it doesn't attempt any real cultural or economic analysis. Overall the tone is antiquarian rather than historical, and Bringhurst's sententious style grows, to my mind at least, tiresome here. Although it does cover territory other than books, it does not do so thoroughly; its focus is very much on high typographical culture. It can be read with some pleasure by those who are already interested in printing. But I am underwhelmed by it. There surely is a fascinating history of the "printed word" to be written; but I don't think this is it.

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A View of Early Typography: Up To About 1600

by Harry Carter, James Mosley (Introduction)
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; (June 2002)
Paperback: 208 pages
ISBN: 0907259219
Price: $24.50  Buy It!

Reviewed by Jim Richardson:
This is essential reading! A must for all typography enthusiasts! A series of lectures given by Carter with a nice overview as well as corrections from Mosley.Thoughtful as well as insightful. Although dated. It would seem however, that is the point though! (Fritz Park)An education! Taking the reader from the birth of the printing press through the evolution of type from Gothic through to Roman.

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American Wood Type, 1828-1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period

by Rob Roy Kelly
Publisher: DaCapo Press; (June 1977)
Paperback: 350 pages
ASIN: 0306800594
Price: Out of print   Buy It!

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The Art of the Book in the Twentieth Century

by Jerry Kelly
Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher; (March 2003)
Hardcover: 208 pages
ISBN: 0971568758
Price: $52.50  Buy It!

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Aspects of Printing from 1600

by Harris M., Robin Myers (Editor), Michael Harris (Editor)
Publisher: Oak Knoll Books; (October 1988)
Paperback: 186 pages
ISBN: 0902692364
Price: $28.00  Buy It!

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The Spiral Pres, 1926-1971:A Bibliographical Checklist

by Philip N. Cronenwett (Compiler)
Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher; (September 2002)
Hardcover: 196 pages
ISBN: 0971568731
Price: $38.50  Buy It!

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Type & Typography: Highlights from Matrix,the Review for Printers and Bibliophiles

Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher; (March 2003)
Hardcover
ISBN: 0972424083
Price: $65.00  Buy It!

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The Well-Made Book: Essays & Lectures

by Daniel Berkeley Updike, William S. Peterson (Editor)
Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher; (September 2002)
Hardcover: 408 pages
ISBN: 097156874X
Price: $38.50  Buy It!

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