By Harry Carter
A View of Early Typography has lengthy been considered as the vintage textual content at the creation and use of kind within the first a hundred and fifty years of printing. via concentrating on variety, Harry Carter is going to the center of layout, the purpose at which the fabric strategies of printing meet the highbrow matters of publishers and the character of the texts they post. one of the themes coated: the range of letterforms (blackletter, roman, italic, and more); the tensions among Latin and the vernacular languages; and the institution of criteria of norms in variety layout. this can be a facsimile of the unique version, of 1969, augmented through a brand new advent during which James Mosley explains the importance of the booklet and offers a brief account of Carter's lifestyles and paintings.
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One other thing remains to be considered : the typemetal. The sharpness and durability of type depend on a good metal. Exist ing pieces of type go back to the lifetime of Plantin, about 1 5 80, Analysis of samples from his workshop, stuck in woodcuts that only he printed, gives 82 per cent lead, 9 per cent tin, and 6 per cent antimony, with a little copper. The modern standard for a hard typefounder's alloy is about 1 5 per cent tin, 25 per cent antimony, and 6o per cent lead with a trace of copper.
L . Vervliet, Civilite Types (Oxford, 1 966), pp. 24, 62 ; E. Droz, 'La societe Hamon, Danfrie & Le Royer ( 1 56 1 )' Gutenherg-:Jahrhuch 1 9 65, pp. 43-7· 6 See Type Specimen Facsimiles 1-15, ed. Dreyfus, Nos. 1-5, 14; Frankfurter Schriftproben aus dem 1 6. his 1 8. ]ahrhundert, in trod. by R. Diehl (Frankfurt a. M . , SchriftgieBerei D. Stempel, 1 9 5 5 ) , Nos. 9, 1 5 , 1 6 ; [ G . Mori] Schriftprohen deutscher Schriftgieflereien und Buchdruckereien aus den ]ahren 1 4 79 his 1840 (Frankfurt a.
Pynson' s French textura types in Missale ad usum Sarum, London, ISOO 5 I . French textura types of the Liege Missal, Paris, I 5 I 5 52. Fraktur types in Neudorfer's Gesprechbuchlein, IS49 5 3 . The type of Teuerdank, I 5 I7 54· The Roman type ofJohann and Wendelin de Spira s 5. The Roman type of Nicholas Jenson 56. The Roman type of B embo's De Aetna, Venice, Aldus, I49 5 57· The Italic type o f Aldus 5 8 . The type of the Epistolare of Philelphus printed in Roman by Amerbach, B asle, I48 6 59· The type o f the Orationes e t poemata ofBeroaldus, printed i n Roman by Trechsel, Lyons, I 492 6o.
A View of Early Typography: Up to About 1600 by Harry Carter