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Blackletter: Type and National Identity Paperback – April 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1568981253 ISBN-10: 1568981252 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568981252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568981253
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Traces blackletter's intriguing history and relationship to German national identity. Peter Bain and Paul Shaw...definitely have politics as well as design on their agenda....[This book] details how antagonism between speakers of German and Romance languages fueled blackletter's vitality." -- Michael Z. Wise, The New York Times Arts & Leisure, March 1, 1998

The essays are excellent and enlightening, covering a lot of information in a few pages. Of particular note is Phillip Th. Bertheau's "The German Language and the Two Faces of Its Script: A Genuine Expression of European Culture?" where he concludes, "The only reason for blackletter not to co-exist with roman today. -- Communication Arts

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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. McCullough on December 15, 2007
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I didn't read the description too thoroughly before purchasing the book - I was a bit nonplussed to see that there are corporate annual reports that are thicker than this volume (it's only 76 pages). Essentially, it's a series of essays that outline the history of blackletter type and its significance in Protestantism and Catholicism vs. roman type. If you're a typophile it's a must-read in spite of its brevity - if you're a lover of history you might still enjoy it as the essays touch upon political forces throughout history (such as the Nazi's insistence to do away with all things blackletter and in so doing debasing the heritage of those who used it).

Overpriced given its short length, but well-written and informative nonetheless.
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