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Book Typography: A Designer’s Manual

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Editor: Michael Mitchell, Susan Wightman
Publisher: Libanus Press Ltd, Marlborough
Publication: 2005, First Edition
Binding: Softcover, perfect-bound
Pages: 432
Size: 190 x 230
Text: English

(Publishers overview) 'Books depend on good design to communicate. Every type of book, from a poetry collection to an encyclopaedia, has its own style of communication. This manual explains the principles of good design, why they exist, and when and how to put them into practice.

Book Typography leads the reader from an understanding of what is a readable text, through the construction of books in all their different forms novels, illustrated books and complex reference works. The organization of text and the handling of images are explained in detail. Advice is also given on work progression and print management.

Designing books is a visual task and is best demonstrated with visual examples. The book contains over a thousand examples and illustrations showing typographic principles put into practice from the smallest detail of punctuation to flat plans of entire books. All the samples come from published works and each is labelled with the font used, its size and leading. Additional information and comment is provided in side notes.'

Condition: Fine/Near Fine. All titles are used and show shelf ware consistent with age.

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