San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 2016. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 286 of 300 copies, octavo size, 295 pp., signed by Robert Bringhurst, with supplements and prospectus. Fine. Item #18082789
Palatino is a typeface named after Giambattista Palatino (c. 1515 - c. 1575), an Italian master of calligraphy, and is based on the humanist types of the Italian Renaissance; the forms of Palatino type mimic the strokes of a calligraphy pen. This book provides a richly detailed account of Zapf's typographic endeavors, the creation of the Palatino typeface, and the related typefaces created after.
This publication from The Book Club of California encompasses the history of the typeface Palatino, designed in 1949 by Hermann Zapf (1918-2015); Canadian poet and typographer Robert Bringhurst (b. 1946) brings his energy and expertise to the subject and has filled the book with gorgeous photographs of type as well as several pages of letterpress-printed specimens of type, in Latin, taken from the first book of Ovid's "Metamorphoses". Included also are two leaflets with Greek and English translations of the Latin text, letterpress printed by Richard Seibert.
___DESCRIPTION: Full navy cloth, cream paper paste-down with title in black and red inset on the front board, gilt lettering on the spine, grey endpapers with typographic pattern in white, frontispiece a colour photograph of a composite blind rubbing made by Hermann Zapf, title page in black and red, colour images of type and type specimens throughout; Aldus Buchschrift and Palatino Sans types, octavo size (9.25" by 5.75"), pagination: [1-6] 7-292 [293-294] [1 colophon], one of 300 copies, this number 286, signed by Robert Bringhurst on the colophon. Loosely laid in is the prospectus, with four colour photographs of type and specimens, one sheet with two folds, and two additonal leaflets, each printed in red and black. In a slipcase covered in blue paper with white typographic patterns.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The slipcase is fine, strong and sturdy, clean, without wear. The prospectus and leaflets are fine also, clean, without wear.
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