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Blackletter: Type and National Identity

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Two Books and One Exhibition.

Edited and curated by Peter Bain and Paul Shaw.

The books/exhibition deal with the history of Blackletter typefaces, the nationalist tendencies that became associated with them, and those typefaces that were intended to embody this.

The first monograph, published by Princeton Architectural Press, is a series of essays contributed by authors such as Hans Peter Willberg and Christopher Burke; the second book is the exhibition catalogue, published by the American Printing History Association as part of its journal Printing History. Copies of the monograph are available from Peter Bain and Paul Shaw.

The exhibition was held in 1998 at the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at Cooper Union.