An Introduction to the History of Printing Types: An Illustrated Summary of the Main Stages in the Development of Type Design from 1440 up to the Present Day: An Aid to Type Face Identification

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Calligraphic

We include in this group only those designs which are patently derived from broad-nibbed pen forms--in other words types based on what Edward Johnston called slanted, or straight, pen writing--these terms referring of course to the angle of the pen nib in relation to the line of writing--slanted-pen writing giving round letters with an oblique stress and straight-pen writing giving round letters with vertical stress. There are a number of types that on cursory examination appear to have been based on one or other of these styles but which prove on closer scrutiny to have been produced with drawing instruments other than the broad-nibbed pen.

Below are examples of an italic hand and of built-up letters or versals, both written with broad-nibbed pens.


Some contemporary calligraphic types

Bologna ( Stephenson Blake), Carolus (Berling), Hyperion ( Bauer), Klang (Monotype), Lyclian (American Type Founders), Offenbach (Klingspor), Runnymede ( Stephenson Blake), Steel and Wallau (Klingspor).

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An Introduction to the History of Printing Types: An Illustrated Summary of the Main Stages in the Development of Type Design from 1440 up to the Present Day: An Aid to Type Face Identification
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Contents xv
  • List of Illustrations xvii
  • Introduction xxi
  • Part One the Book Types I 3
  • Gothic 5
  • Roman Venetian 19
  • Roman Old Face 31
  • The Italics 43
  • The Intermediate1 or Transitional Romans 59
  • The Modern-Face Romans 75
  • The Modernized Italics 87
  • Old Style 97
  • Twentieth- Century Types 101
  • Part Two the Display Types 109
  • II 109
  • Latin or Renaissance Scripts 127
  • Decorated 145
  • Shaded 155
  • Fat Face 161
  • Antique or Egyptian 169
  • Shadowed or Three-Dimensional1 175
  • Sans Serif 179
  • Reversed or Cameo 183
  • Ionic 187
  • Outline or Open 191
  • Clarendon 195
  • Calligraphic 199
  • Stencil 203
  • Typewriter 205
  • Miscellaneous Display Types 207
  • Notes on the Illustrations 209
  • Appendix I 264
  • Appendix II Serifs 267
  • Bibliography 269
  • Index 273
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