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Fraktur Mon Amour Imitation Leather – October 3, 2008
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"I'm happy to confess my weakness for beautiful books like the new love letter to Blackletter typography "Fraktur Mon Amour"though I have to admit it had been some time since I came across one that stopped me in my tracks like this one did. Berlin-based designer Judith Schalansky's presentation of the typeface collection is almost more compelling than the fonts themselves. Bound like a King James Bible for font geeks and printed in contrasting black, white and shocking pink, it makes for a book that's as much a gorgeous object as it is a handy and inspiring resource." -- Brian Fichtner --Cool Hunting Blog, November 7, 2008
"Fraktur Mon Amour is essentially a compendium of currently available digital blackletter fonts (expanded to cover 333 of them) preceded by a few words by Schalansky and supplemented by a CD of 150 free fonts. Since its initial publication in 2006, it has been a raging success. The design, which deliberately thumbs its nose at the standard image of blackletter, is a key factor in that success. The book looks like a Bible with its squat proportions and placemarker ribbons except that its title and its page edges are in hot pink. Although not a shade I like, its choice as a second colour was a brilliant decision. It not only yanks blackletter out of its medieval and unfortunate political associations, but it also signals that blackletter is not inherently masculine or even black. The fonts in Fraktur Mon Amour are a mix of the excellent, the important and the trivial. But this is surely one part of its popularity. Schalansky has brought blackletter to the people. The book is a bold and welcome addition to the sparse literature on blackletter" -- Paul Shaw --Eye Magazine, Spring, 2009
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In addition to the thorough presentation of some 300 typefaces with dates, designers, and origins, you will find a facing-page design using the typeface. Many quite well done and some even exciting. Of course, I'm not the first to find the book spectacular. It won the Type Directors Club of New York's 2007 Award for Typographic Excellence. It should also get some kind of prize for campiest title for a typography book ever.
The book was originally printed in Germany, and at the bottom of each typeface sample page, there is a German text (translated in the introduction). It is quite a ridiculous text, something about a diplomat eating a pie, but in fact many pages have variations on the text, some of which are even more hilarious. Of course, you'll have to be able to read German to appreciate these, so you might want to consult Amazon's selection of German instruction books.
In short, this book is a classic "sleeper." When I ordered it I was expecting a rather straightforward, perhaps dry book about blackletter typefaces. What I got was a thoroughly delightful and entertaining romp through type and design. Yet a book that was also full of information and even scholarly in its details. Not to mention a CD-ROM with 100+ blackletters.
Just be careful, you may find it addictive. I did.
I have only two complaints. First is the paper. It is less opaque than I'd wish, so there's substantial show-through from page to page. (This is hard to avoid; in a book with 720 pages, the paper must be fairly thin.) Additionally, there is a disappointingly high number of flecks in the paper, which can be rather distracting when looking at the type. Second, many of the graphical compositions fail to give much sense of the specific font's "feel", and some are little more than wasted space. However, there are also some which are both intriguing and informative.
I'm glad I got a copy, and thank Ms Schalansky for her dedicated work!
Me: "You'll be making copies for the rest of your natural life. I'll just buy my own."
This is a giant, delightful tome full of what feels like every version of blackletter known to mankind.
Calligraphy practice tip: I often scan and print out increased-size versions of these pages and trace them for lettering practice. Tracing! What blasphemy! Actually, plenty of artists trace—its a great way to learn muscle memory and consistency. Just don't try to pass it off as your own original work, okay?
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This book is nice as a lookup when selecting calligraphy fonts but compltely useless when trying to copy / rewrite the fonts. The book itself is beautifully produced. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by herman
All, the design and content of this book is amazing, if you like calligraphy or tipography this book is a must have!!Published on May 6, 2013 by hiram Darko
amazing! wonderful! yes! positive fun cool super grand great good laughs terrific damn yeah yes yes yes yes yes yes!Published on January 14, 2013 by paul langway
I'm a font-freak, so I think seeing all these German-style faces is loads of fun.
Seriously, if you are interested in type or need a book that looks like a Bible, this your... Read more