The biography of one of world's most popular typefaces. "Whether
one likes Palatino or not, Mr. Bringhurst's book is an instant
classic."-The Wall Street Journal Hermann Zapf was one of the great
practitioners of the graphic arts and Palatino is probably the most
widely known and used of all Zapf faces. Author Robert Bringhurst
traces Palatino's development, with all its infinite permutations,
and often invisible refinements through a long and fascinating
history of variations and permutations, imitations and
conflations-from hot metal, through the brief interlude of film
setting and finally into the digital world. It is all here, in
encompassing detail: a fully illustrated account of Palatino and
its extended family: foundry and Linotype, Michelangelo, Sistina,
Aldus, Heraklit, Phidias, Zapf Renaissance, PostScript Palatino,
Palatino and Aldus Nova, and Palatino Sans. Included with the text
are over 200 illustrations of design sketches, working drawings,
smoke proofs and test prints, matrices, foundry and Linotype
patterns. But beyond that, the book is an argument that artists who
create letters can, and should, be judged by the same standards and
held in the same esteem as composers who write music and artists
who paint on canvas. Bringhurst asks the question, "Can a penstroke
or a letterform be so beautiful it will stop you in your tracks and
maybe break your heart?" In this groundbreaking and totally
original book, he answers the question: "It can."
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