>> I'm going to New York in two weeks for vacation and I wonder if someone
>> could recommend any good books about American typography (typographic rules
>> and common methods, no art books please) that I could buy.
> Not sure if it's considered a handbook but, (I'd rather call it a bible)
> Bringhurt's "Elements of Typographic Style" is the first to come to mind.
Although it's Canadian rather than American :-)
Another good one if you are into magazine or newspaper or newsletter work
is Alex White's ``Type in Use'' -- I am told his other book isn't as good.
Walter Tracy's `Letters of Credit' is English, but published in North
America by David Godine of Boston.
Lewis Blackwell's ``Twentieth-Century Type'' is also helpful.
If you are interested in calligraphy, look for Edward Johnston's
Writing & Illuminating & Lettering -- probably the most influential book on
the subject ever printed, although it's coming up for 100 years old now.
You should be able to get it inb paperback for under US$10 I think.
If you wander round second-hand bookshops, watch out for a two-volume
hardback, usually with a dark red binding, called Printing Type: Their
History Forms & Use, by Daniel Berkely Updike. It might cost anywhere
from $100 (very lucky) to over $200, and is the main reference work on the
history of type, despite its many flaws. You can sometimes get it in a
Dover paperback edition.
Rauri McLean's Thames & Hudson Manual of Typography is another good one
that you can get in paperback. It is also English. I say this because you
explicitly aked for American books. If you are looing for current trends
in American typogrphy, pick up
* Wired Magazine (just about anywhere)
* Emigre Magazine -- you can get it from any of
Barnes & Noble
Published in Paris
The Museum of Modern Art Bookstore (recommended!)
St. Mark's Bookshop
Spring Street Books
Shakespeare & Co.
Nikos Magazine Shop
or so it says in the back. Issue 30 was particularly good, and
I'm told No. 38 is good -- I unsubscribed after 33.
* Ray Gun
This was designed by David Carson until about a year ago.
There are too many other books that are worth having to give a short list.
Oh, you can also get Emigre in Finland: Kukonore, TEMPERE; I don't
have your e-mail address in front of me so maybe I have remembered
incorrectly where you live.
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