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SOLD OUT: Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface


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2016. BCC publication number 235.

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Written and designed by poet, linguist, and typographer Robert Bringhurst, Palatino is a definitive account of Hermann Zapf’s most ambitious and enduring design project.

This book provides a detailed and sumptuously illustrated history of the evolution of all members of the Palatino tribe: foundry Palatino, Linotype Palatino, Michelangelo, Sistina, Aldus, Heraklit, Phidias, American Palatino, Enge Aldus, Linofilm Palatino, Zapf Renaissance, PostScript Palatino, Palatino Nova, Aldus Nova, and Palatino Sans. It includes new specimens of the foundry and Linotype faces printed by hand directly from the metal, as well as hundreds of color illustrations documenting the artistry and care expended in creating these components of our typographic heritage.

Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface is printed in an edition of three hundred copies, each numbered and signed by the author. Each copy contains two additional specimens printed letterpress by Richard Seibert – one from polymer plates, the other from handset Heraklit loaned for this purpose by Norman McKnight. The book is 296 pages, measures 5 5/9 x 9 inches, and is bound in full cloth with two-color typographic endpapers and a two-color letterpress titling label, slipcased.

The price is $195 (plus applicable sales tax and shipping).

Publication date : May 23, 2016.

Members may pre-order the book until publication day, May 23, by telephoning the Book Club of California at (800) 869-7656 or emailing lesya@bccbooks.org. The member discount is not applied when ordering online.  

Should copies remain after all pre-publication orders by Book Club of California members have been filled on May 23, member requests for second copies and non-member requests for first copies will be honored in order of receipt.

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