A very useful reference, not only for fontnames, but all the information about every single typeface you could ever think of. If you're searching for your first 'font-guide', this is THE book for you. Though it is not absolute complete (thats nearly impossible), it reviews all of the pro font houses around.
The title sums it up. This is a reference for fonts. The sample print is very fine quality displaying listed fonts at their best. This is a book that has a place on any graphic artist's bookshelf. I thumb through this like a dictionary. So many fonts are listed this book would be huge if not for the fine weight of the paper it is printed on. This makes the book fragile for a frequently handled reference. This is my only regret.
I highly recommend!! It is an excellent font reference book for anyone that uses many fonts for production or personal use. Having an extensive "visual" of fonts makes matching up new client fonts so much easier. A must have for typsetters and graphic designers.
I think this book is an excellent reference for designers who constantly need typographic inspiration. The dingbat collections are excellent to use as graphics. The book does not actually contain the fonts, so don't buy it thinking you're going o get thousands of fonts.
Although this book was printed 15 years ago, it remains one of the best reference guides to type faces. Back when I was still working with type, when I needed to identify a type face, I turned to this book first. It's one of the few that show the entire alphabet (usually) in an easy to see size. It's still valuable today since many of the fonts are timeless classics. Another feature is the font listing (and brief showing) by foundry. Some of the foundries are now out of business so this is also a historical reference. If you plan to purchase the book, you might want to shop around for one since the price for the used copies varies greatly. Be sure you get a nice clean, unmarked copy, though. The paper for the pages and the cover are a bit thin and if the previous owner was careless with it, the book will show signs of usage (wear). I have two copies. One is my "working copy" and the other is my "bookshelf copy". Highly recommended to anyone that has an interst in type.