NEW ALPHABETS A TO Z
Herbert Spencer and Colin Forbes: NEW ALPHABETS A TO Z. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1974. First edition. A fine hardcover book in full stamped cloth in a very good dust jacket: spine sun-faded [as usual] with minor edgewear. Interior unmarked and very clean. Out-of-print and surprisingly uncommon.
8.5 x 8 book with 38 full alphabets and numerals (66 illustrations, with 5 in color) designed by a wide variety of cutting-edge typographers, circa 1973. All alphabets are reproduced in clean, crisp b/w line art, just in case youčre interested . . .
Includes ALPHABETS DESIGNED BY: Anthon Beeke, Bentley/Farrell, Derek Birdsall, Tom Carnase, Ivan Chermayeff and Thomas Geismar, Christine Charlton, Alan Clarvis, Brian Coe, Silvio Coppola, Wim Crouwel, Timothy Epps, Alan Fletcher, Alan Fletcher and Mervyn Kurlansky, Bob Gill, Joe Gillespie, David Goodall, John Gorham, Eli Gross, Chris Harrison, Armin Hoffman, George Hoy, Nick Jenkins, Ron van der Meer, Eric Mourier, Wolff Olins, WJHB Sandberg, David Tuhill.
Herbert Spencer was a renowned typographer, editor, designer and founder of the British journal TYPOGRAPHICA. Spencer championed an eclectic range of subject matter: Braille, locomotive lettering, sex and typography, typewriter faces, street lettering, matches, and avant-garde poetry, thus making him the perfect editior for this volume of New Alphabetic Art.
Colin Forbes joined Alan Fletcher and Bob Gill, an American living in London, to form Fletcher, Forbes and Gill in 1962. By 1972 they had changed their name to Pentagram. You might have heard of them.
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