A Miscellany of Letters
Originally deriving from pictograms, letter forms have been developed, refined and adapted for myriad uses, from a simple clear typeface for advertising to a decorated animal alphabet for children. This highly illustrated exploration of the history and use of letters begins with an essay detailing the development of the Western alphabet and then, using each letter as a starting point, explores how it has been creatively employed by artists, designers, typographers and publishers.
Postcards on Parchment
The Social Lives of Medieval Books
The miniature paintings on parchment that were often slipped into medieval prayer books are identified by Kathryn Rudy as ‘postcards’: colourful, usually devotional pictures sent or given by one person to another, often with a greeting inscribed on the reverse. Illustrated with almost 300 examples of postcards and manuscript pages, this volume explores the production of such paintings, the social contexts in which they were exchanged as gifts and the new functions they assumed as images independent of a text.
Graphic Design in Context
In his foreword, Professor Meredith Davis writes ‘a change in how we teach typography is long overdue’: this book breaks new ground, approaching the ever-changing environment of contemporary typography through explanations of how and why typography works, or does not work, in a given context. Intended as a core text for typography courses, the book is very well illustrated and each chapter starts with a ‘primer’ by William Temple giving concise definitions of terms.
The Evolution of Type
A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces
Tony Seddon traces the development of type design and typographic style through a detailed survey of 100 important typefaces, from Nicholas Jenson’s early use of Roman letterforms in the mid 15th century to Selva, a blackletter typeface designed in 2012. For each design, Seddon describes its creator and its development, and provides examples of the typeface and a large, annotated illustration of a capital and a lower-case letter showing their distinctive typographical elements and innovations.
Masterpieces of Art
After a fresh and thoughtful introduction to the history and techniques of medieval manuscript illumination, this book goes on to present 90 reproductions of some of the finest examples in the collections of the British Library. Among the famous manuscripts represented are the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Saluces Hours, the Bedford Hours and the Bible Historiale from the Netherlands. The examples are in three parts: Venerable Depictions, Bible Stories and Secular Works.