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A View of Early Typography: Up to About 1600 Paperback – June, 2002
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The text is very good (and much more scholarly than, say, Jan Tschichold's treatement of the field), but what makes the book truly magnificent are the beautiful specimen sheets. You'll find all the usual ones, including Gutenberg's bibles, Conrad Berner's classic Garamond sheet, and Bembo's De Aetna, but also some rare and illuminating ones, such as the Le Be that graces the cover of this reprint. Assuming Princeton Architectural Press hasn't to screw up the reproductions, you'll find this edition to be one of the most prized in your typography collection.