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Philosophy and Theory of Typography

Anatomy of a Typeface

by Alexander Lawson

The End of Print: The Graphic Design of David Carson

by Lewis Blackwell, Davidwis Carson, David Carson

A personal, inside look at David Carson's work and philosophies — the first and only book to document his career.

The Elements of Typographic Style

by Robert Bringhurst

The definitive reference to accepted rules of typography -  and the reasons behind them.

"...presents a rather lyrical approach to typography. Bringhurst lays out typographic principles while maintaining a sense of play." Don Hosek in U&lc magazine.

1. The Grand Design
2. Rhythm & Proportion
3. Harmony & Counterpoint
4. Structural Forms & Devices
5. Analphabetic Symbols
6. Choosing & Combining Type
7. Historical Interlude
8. Shaping the Page
9. Finishing Touches
10. Prowling the Specimen Books

The Form of the Book: Essays on the Morality of Good Design

by Jan Tschichold, Hajo Hadeler

The New Typography: A Handbook for Modern Designers (Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism)

by Jan Tschichold, Ruari McLean (Translator)

Printing Types: An Introduction

by Alexander Lawson and Dwight Agner

Once the definitive textbook on the subject.. Now a somewhat hard-to-find period piece.

1. History and Development of Typesetting
2. Nomenclature
3. Type Classification

Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works

by Erik Spiekermann and E.M. Ginger

"The most intellectually stimulating book on type recently . . . While essentially a user's guide to typographic aesthetics in the computer age, it is also the first philosophical tract on contemporary practice." AIGA Journal of Graphic Desig

1. Type is everywhere
2. What is type?
3. Looking at type
4. Type with a purpose
5. Type builds character
6. Types of type
7. How it works
8. Putting it to work
9. There is no bad type

An Essay on Typography

by Eric Gill

"The classic and long unavailable argument for good taste, common sense, and human involvement composed for anyone remotely interested in the subtle and changing challenge of the typographic arts"

1. Composition of Time and Place
2.  Lettering
3. Typography
4. Punch-cutting
5. Of Paper and Ink
6. The Procrustean Bed
7. The Instrument
8. The Book
9. But Why Lettering?.

Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design

by Walter Tracy

An excellent historical perspective on type design with a mixture of the basic and the sophisticated. Spends a lot of time early in the book on theory and then devotes the rest to examination of the work of five famous type designers.

Paragraphs on Printing: With Occasional Notes and Illustrations

by Bruce Rogers

Typographics 1: The Art of Typography from Digital to Dyeline

by Roger Walton (editor)

Typologia: Studies in Type Design and Type Making, With Comments on the Invention of Typography, the First Types, Legibility, and Fine Printing

by Fredric Goudy

A Classic by a Master. What more can one say?

1. By Way of Explanation
2. Books Before Printing
3. The First Types
4. The Force of Tradition
5. What type is
6. The Story of a Type
7. The Design of Types
8. The Designer's Problem
9. Details of Construction
10. Making the Patterns
11. Matrix Engraving
12. Legibility of Type
13. Fine Printing