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A wealth of information has been published about the art of type. “The Triumvirate of Typography”—selected primary works of three authors—offers a foundation for every great typographic library. Included below is an evolving index of notable books written about the art and history of Typography and type-design.

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English Language

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About Alphabets: Some Marginal Notes on Type Design. - Zapf, Hermann, (Translated by Paul Standard), MIT Press, 1970

Active literature: Jan Tschichold and New Typography Burke, Christopher, Hyphen Press 2007

Alphabet Abecedarium, The: Some Notes on Lettering -Firmage, Richard A., David R. Godine,

Alphabet: The history, evolution & design of the letters we use today -Haley, Allan, Watson-Guptill Publications, 1995

The Alphabet and Elements of Lettering -Goudy, Frederic. Dorset Press, New York, 1989

Alphabetic Labyrinth, The: The Letters in History and Imagination -Drucker, Johanna, Thames and Hudson 1995

American Metal Typefaces Of The Twentieth Century -McGrew, Mac. Oak Knoll Books, 1993.

Anatomy of a Typeface -Lawson, Alexander. David R. Godine Pub., 1990

The Art of Hand Lettering -Wotzkow, Helm. Dover, 1967


Blackletter: Type and National Identity -Shaw, Paul & Peter Bain, The Cooper Union/Princeton Architectural Press, May, 1998

Book of Oz Cooper, The: A Tribute to Oswald Bruce Cooper -Society of Typographic Arts, Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago, 1947

Book of Scripts, A (4th Ed.) -Alfred Fairbank, Faber, 1977

Book Typography 1815-1965, in Europe and the United States of America - Day, Kenneth. University of Chicago Press, 1966


The Centaur Types -Bruce Rogers, Purdue University Press, 1996

Complete Manual of Typography, The - Felici, James. Adobe/Peachpit Press, 2003

Counterpunch: Making Type in the Sixteenth Century, Designing Typefaces Now -Smeijers, Fred. Hyphen Press, 1996


Designing Type -Cheng, Karen. Yale University Press, 2006

Design With Type -Dair, Carl. University of Toronto Press, 1967

Development of Script and Type, The -Meier, Hans Eduard. Syntax, 1994

A Dissertation upon English Typographical Founders and Foundries -Mores, Edward Rowe. Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1961

Doors of Perception, Essays in book typography -Duncan, Harry. Wind River Press, 1987


Elements of Lettering Frederic W. Goudy. New York: M. Kennerley, 1922

Elements of Lettering and Sign Painting Scranton: The Colliery Engineer Company, 1899

Elements of Typographic Style -Bringhurst, Robert. Hartley & Marks, Vancouver, 1997.

Essay on Typography -Gill, Eric. David R. Godine, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, 1993. Reprint of the 1931 original.

Exploring Typography -Rabinowitz, Tova. Thomson and Delmar, Clifton Park, NY, 2006.


First Principles of Typography -Morison, Stanley. Macmillan Co., New York & Univeristy Press, Cambridge, 1936.

Font Technology: Methods and Tools -Karow, Peter (Foreword by Gerard Unger). Springer Verlag/URW, 1994

FontBook -Spiekermann, Erik, Jürgen Siebert, Mai-Linh Thi Truong. FSI FontShop International, Berlin, 2006.

Fontographer: Type by Design -Moye, Stephen. MIS:Press, 1995

Fonts & Logos -Young, Doyald. Delphi Press, 1999

Form of the Book, The: Essays on the Morality of Good Design. (Reprint) -Tschichold, Jan & Hajo Hadeler, Hartley & Marks, 1995


Goudy’s Type Designs, His Story and Specimens -Goudy, Frederic W. Oak Knoll Press, 1979

Greek Letters: From Tablets to Pixels - Macrakis, Michael S. ed. Oak Knoll Press, 1996

Grid Systems In Graphic Design

Gutenberg, Johann, and his Bible: A Historical Study -Ing, Janet Thompson. British Library, 1988 (2nd Edition,Typophiles, 1990)

Gutenberg, Johann: The Man & His Invention -Kapr, Albert (Translated by Douglas Martin), Scolar Press, 1995


Helvetica: Homage to a Typeface -Müller, Lars ed. Lars Müller Publishers/Princeton Architectural Press, 2000


Indie Fonts -Kegler, Richard ed., Grieshaber, James ed., Riggs, Tamye ed. P-Type Publications, 2002

Indie Fonts 2 -Kegler, Richard ed., Grieshaber, James ed., Riggs, Tamye ed. P-Type Publications, 2003

Indie Fonts 3 -Kegler, Richard ed., Grieshaber, James ed., Riggs, Tamye ed. P-Type Publications/Rockport, 2007


Language, Culture, Type -Berry, John D. ed., ATypI, Surrey, 2002.

Learn FontLab Fast -Cabarga, Leslie. Iconoclassics Pub., Los Angeles,

Lessons in Formal Writing -Johnston, Edward. Taplinger. New York, 1986

Letter Forms, Two essays on their classification, history and bibliography -Morison, Stanley. Hartley & Marks, Vancouver, 1997.

Letter Forms: Typographic & Scriptorial (Reprinted Edition) -Morison, Stanley. Hartley & Marks, 1999

Lettering: Studies + Research on the Evolution of Writing and Print Typefaces -Tubaro, Antonio and Ivana. Thames and Hudson, 1994 (English Translation)

Lettering and Alphabets -Cavanagh

Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design -Tracy, Walter. David R. Godine, Publisher, 1986

Lissitzky, El: Life, Letters, Texts. -Lissitzky-Küppers, Sophie. Thames and Hudson, 1992

Logo, Font & Lettering Bible -Cabarga, Leslie

Logotypes & Letterforms -Young, Doyald. Design Press/McGraw-Hill, 1993


Modern Typography: An Essay in Critical History -Kinross, Robin. Chronicle Books/Princeton Architectural Press, 1996

Modern Encyclopedia of Typefaces, 1960-90 -Wallis, Lawrence W. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1990


The Non-Designer’s Type Book - Williams, Robin. Peachpit Press, 2005


On Book Design - Hendel, Richard. Yale University Press, 1998

On Stone: The Art and Use of Typography on the Personal Computer - Stone, Sumner. Bedford Arts/Chronicle Books, 1991

Optical Letter Spacing for New Printing Systems -Kindersley, David G. Wynkyn de Worde Society/Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd., 1976

Origin of the American Point System for Printers’ Type Measurement. -Hopkins, Richard L. Hill & Dale Private Press, 1989

Origin of the Serif, The: Brush Writing & Roman Letters (2nd Ed.) -Catich, Edward M. Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, 1991


Period Styles: A History of Punctuation -Lupton, Ellen, J. P. Levinson, et al.. The Herb Lubalin Study Center, 1988

Pioneers of Modern Typography - Spencer, Herbert. MIT Press, 1983

Politics and Script. -Morison, Stanley. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1972

Printed Book in America, The - Blumenthal, Joseph, D.R. Godine, 1977 (Reissue by University Press of New England (HC) 1977, reprint by University Press of New England (PB) 1989)

Printing Types: An Introduction-Lawson, Alexander S. & Dwight Agner, Beacon Press, 1990

Printing Types: Their History, Forms & Use. (2 Vol.) -Updike, Daniel Berkeley. Harvard University, 1922, 1927, 1935, 1962

Printing Types: Their History, Forms & Use. (2 Vol.) -Updike, Daniel Berkeley, Dover Publications, 1980

Printing Types: Their History, Forms & Use. (2 Vol.) -Updike, Daniel Berkeley, Oak Knoll Press, 2001

Renner, Paul: The Art of Typography - Burke, Christopher. Hyphen Press/Princeton Architectural Press, 1999


Scribes and Sources: Handbook of the Chancery Hand in the Sixteenth Century -Osley, A.S. , David R. Godine, Publisher, 1980

Script Lettering for Artists -Tommy Thompson


Tally of Types, A -Morison, Stanley. David R. Godine, Publisher, 1999.

Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors & Students -Lupton, Ellen. Princeton Architectural Press, 2010

Trajan Capitals, The -Goudy, Frederic W. Oxford University Press, 1936.

Treasury of Alphabets & Lettering: A Source Book- Tschichold, Jan. W.W. Norton & Co., 1995

Tschichold, Jan: Typographer - McLean, Ruari. David R. Godine, Publisher, 1975

Twentieth Century Type Designers - Carter, Sebastian. W.W. Norton & Co., 1995

Type and Typography - Baines, Phil & Haslam, Andrew. Watson Guptill, 2002

Type Foundries of America & their catalogs - Annenberg, Maurice. Oak Knoll Press, 1994

Type Sign Symbol -Adrian Frutiger, ABC Verlag, 1980

Typefaces for Books - Sutton, James. New Amsterdam Books, 1990

The Typographic Arts -Morison, Stanley

The Typographic Book, 1450-1935 - Morison, Stanley & Kenneth Day, University of Chicago Press, 1963

Typographic Communications Today -Gottschall, Edward M. MIT Press, 1989

Typographic Milestones -Haley, Allan. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991 (Reprint John Wiley & Sons, 1997)

Typographical Printing-Surfaces: The technology and mechanism of their production -Legros, Lucien Alphonse & John Cameron Grant, Longmans, Green & Co., 1916 (reprinted by Garland in, 1980)

Typographie - Aicher, Otl & Josef Rommen, W. Ernst & Sohn, Verlag, 1988

Typography: A Manual of Design - Ruder, Emil. Hastings House Publications, 1981

Typography: An Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques Throughout History - Friedl, Friedrich, Nicolaus Ott (Editor) & Bernard Stein, Black Dog & Leventhal, July, 1998

Typography: Macro- + Microæsthetics-Kunz, Willi. Verlag Niggli AG, 1998

Typography: Reflections on the Origins of My Typographic Work in Ten Chapters -Weingart, Wolfgang. Lars Müller Publishers/Princeton Architectural Press, December, 1999

Typologia -Goudy, Frederic W. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1977

Typology: Type Design from the Victorian Era to the Digital Age -Heller, Steven & Louise Fili. Chronicle Books , June, 1999


The Western Heritage of Type Design -Hutchings, R.S.. Cory, Adams, & Mackay Ltd, 1963

The Work of Jan van Krimpen -Dreyfus, John. Hartley & Marks, 1996


Visible Word, The: Experimental Typography & Modern Art, 1909-1923 -Drucker, Johanna. The University of Chicago Press, 1996


Zapf, Hermann & His Design Philosophy -Zapf, Hermann. Yale University Press, 1989

German Language

Das Schreiben als Kunstfertigkeit

Fraktur: The History & Formal Development of Fraktur Types -Kapr, Albert. Hermann Schmidt, 1993

Postscript: Zur Form von Schrift heute

Portuguese Language

Fontes digitais brasileiras: de 1989 a 2001 -Farias, Priscila; Piqueira, Gustavo(org). Rosari, 2003.

Herança Escultórica da Tipografia, A -Gaudêncio Jr, Norberto. Rosari, 2004

Projeto Tipográfico: análise e produção de fontes digitais -Rocha, Cláudio. Rosari, 2005

Tipografia: uma apresentação -Niemeyer, Lucy. 2AB, 2000

Tipografia Digital: o impacto das novas tecnologias -Farias, Priscila. 2AB, 2001

Tipos: desenho e utilização de letras no projeto gráfico -Pereira, Aldemar. Quartet, 2004

Elementos do Estilo Tipográfico -Bringhurst, Robert. Cosac Naify, 2005

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