Alphabet legend: The complete reproduction of a typographical
masterworkOfficial printer for the Duke of Parma, Giambattista
Bodoni (1740-1813) declared that well-designed type derived its
beauty from four principles: uniformity of design, sharpness and
neatness, good taste, and charm. In his Manuale tipografico,
published posthumously in 1818, he distilled these principles into
a comprehensive catalog of type and set the standard for printing
the alphabet thereafter.TASCHEN s meticulous reprint of Bodoni s
masterwork celebrates what was an unprecedented degree of technical
refinement and visual elegance, as well as exploring the origins of
the much-loved Bodoni typeface, still much deployed in both print
and digital media. Like the original, the book features 142 sets of
roman and italic typefaces, a wide selection of borders, ornaments,
symbols, and flowers, as well as Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Arabic,
Phoenician, Armenian, Coptic, and Tibetan alphabets.About the
series: Bibliotheca Universalis Compact cultural companions
celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable,
democratic price!Since we started our work as cultural
archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with
accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings
together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new
format so you can curate your own affordable library of art,
anthropology, and aphrodisia.Bookworm s delight never bore, always
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