New York / Cincinnati: The Typophiles / Contemporary Arts Center [printed at the Stempel foundry in Frankfurt am Main], 1960. Hardcover. One of 700 copies, duodecimo size, 180 pp. total, both volumes inscribed by Hermann Zapf. Fine. Item #22052007
Hermann Zapf (1918-2015) was one of the most influential typographers of the early digital age, having a career that "spanned the glory days of hot metal composition right through to the rise of the Apple Mac"; his creations continue to inspire today. Interestingly, it is Zapf's "dingbats" that may have had the biggest impact on modern communication: these formed the basis for Unicode's symbols, which in turn paved the way for the now-ubiquitous emoji.
Although these two volumes were published individually, they form a unified set and we offer them as such. Both volumes were inscribed by Zapf to "Andy Horn"; Andrew Horn, in 1965, was the Associate Dean of the UCLA Library School Program under Laurence Clark Powell. Upon Powell's retirement Horn founded and became the Dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Library Services.
___DESCRIPTION: Both volumes bound in full blue cloth over stiff cardboard, brown leather spine labels with gilt lettering, both volumes with a reproduction of a photograph of Zapf, "About Alphabets" signed by Zapf at the colophon, additionally inscribed by him on the flyleaf "For Andy Horn / with cordial regards / and affection / Hermann Zapf, 1965" and "Herman Zapf Calligrapher...." inscribed on the title page "for Andy Horn from Hermann Z."; accompanying both books is a small slip of paper with the printed words "To (space) with the compliments of Hermann Zapf"; hand-written into the space in Zapf's hand is "Andrew H. Horn / Esq / UCLA"; both volumes duodecimo size (7" by 4 7/16"), pagination: "About Alphabets" [1-6] 7-117, [1, colophon], this one of 700 copies in English (there were also 1300 copies printed in German); "Hermann Zapf, Calligrapher...",  pp. Both volumes replete with specimens, both of impeccable design and execution, as befits this homage to one of the best typographers of the 20th century, made special by Zapf's inscriptions with an interesting association.
___CONDITION: Both volumes fine: the cloth bindings clean overall and without wear, the spine labels also without wear and the gilt lettering bright, all corners perfectly straight and unrubbed, strong text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a few light spots to the back, and a slight cock to the text block, of the second volume, else the set fine, almost as new.
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