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Product Details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Hartley and Marks Publishers; Fourth Edition edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881792128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881792126
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A classic in the field." — Library Journal

About the Author

Robert Bringhurst is a poet, typographer, linguist, critic, designer, translator, teacher, and cultural historian. He has published more than thirty books, eighteen of them books of poetry. His book, The Black Canoe, a study of Bill Reid’s sculpture, is a classic of Native American art history and his book The Elements of Typographic Style is considered the “bible” for typographers the world over. In Canada, Bringhurst is best known for his groundbreaking study of Native Canadian oral literature, A Story As Sharp as a Knife: The Classical Haida Mythtellers and Their World (1999), a work that startled many readers and sparked intense academic and public debate. Two volumes of translation from classical Haida complete the trilogy: Nine Visits to the Mythworld and Being In Being. In 2004, the trilogy earned Bringhurst the Edward Sapir Prize, awarded by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology. Among his more recent books of poetry is Ursa Major (2003), a multilingual work in which characters tell simultaneous stories in English, Latin, Greek, and Cree.

Born in Los Angeles in 1946, Robert Bringhurst was brought to Canada at the age of five, raised largely in Alberta, and has lived and worked in British Columbia since 1973. He currently lives near Heriot Bay on Quadra Island.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dream Beast VINE VOICE on October 17, 2013
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One would expect a book on typography to be beautiful, but The Elements of Typographic Style exceeds those expectations. I love leafing through this book as much as reading it. Every page is elegant. The paper feels good. And the author truly is a poet whose prose makes the technical aspects of typography approachable. He writes:

"Typography is the craft of endowing human language with a durable visual form, and thus with an independent existence. Its heartwood is calligraphy--the dance, on a tiny stage, of the living, speaking hand--and its roots reach into living soil, though its branches may be hung each year with new machines."

An illuminating book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pasca on June 17, 2013
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New edition contains more extensive coverage of fonts. Excellent resource for anyone in love with a well-printed and formatted page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Kidwell on May 12, 2013
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Version 4.0: 20th Anniversary Edition says it all. This is the gold standard for typographic style. Others may be OK, but this is the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Mathis on April 27, 2013
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Far and away the most intelligent, knowledgeable, well-written, and beautifully designed guide for anyone interested in the history of type and the design of books with extensive text. (Not a guide to graphic design. No splashy color pages with text in 8 point sans.) A great reference book on page design, layout, and type choices. Excellent glossary of characters and terms.
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