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Alphabets to Order : The Literature of Nineteenth-Century Typefounders' Specimens.

Johnston, A.

ISBN 10: 071234702X / ISBN 13: 9780712347020
Verlag: Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, first edition, 2000, 2000
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Cloth, 4to, 29 cm, 213 pp, plates, ills. From the blurb: - "Alphabets To Order provides an erudite and entertaining survey of an overlooked artform - the literary output of the anonymous craftsmen who set type specimen books during the typefounding boom of the nineteenth century. Combining typographic scholarship and literary criticism, Alastair Johnston explores the apparent randomness of the texts that typesetters used to show off their typefaces. Discussing hundreds of examples from British and North American specimen books, Johnston shows that the typefounders' 'nonsense' reflected their interests and preoccupations from the arcane to the mundane. Through this new lens, we see that the specimen books had plenty to say about the reading habits, politics, amusements and whimsies of the day. Johnston argues persuasively that the typefounders' specimens are of significant literary interest as well. Playing both with words and with the graphic shapes of the letterforms, these nameless pioneers trod paths later explored by concrete poets, book artists, dadaists, performance artists and other experimenters with literary form. Alphabets to Order is for anyone interested in vernacular art, typographic history, or literary studies, combining all three in a fresh exposé of a new class of cultural hero - the worldly wise typesticker." Fine in Fine dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-16243

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Titel: Alphabets to Order : The Literature of ...

Verlag: Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, first edition, 2000

Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

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One of the most peculiar classes of lierature in the 19th century was the specimen book, issued by typefounders to show the styles of type available for sale. This entertaining survey combines typographic scholarship and literary criticism to discuss hundreds of examples of text, from the arcane to the mundane and the texts can be read with a poetic as well as a typographic sensibility.

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