500 Years of Book Design by Mr. Alan Bartram

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First edition. Bartram, a well-respected book designer and typographer, takes a critical look at a wide range of books published in western Europe and America over the last 500 years and provides his personal view of some of the successes and failures of his predecessors. He discusses how the different elements of text, decoration, and illustration were combined in the layout of the printed page, and comments on whether the resultant design is successful. While respectful of the constraints imposed by the times and conditions in which they were created, he does not hestiate to take even the most famous printers to task for ignoring the needs of the readers. Illustrated with black and white reproductions on nearly every page with comments at the top. Includes select bibliography and index of printers, typecutters, publishers and designers.

About Mr. Alan Bartram

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Alan Bartram is a book designer and author of many titles on graphic design, including "Five Hundred Years of Book Design" (2001) and "Bauhaus, Modernism, and the Illustrated Book" (2004), both published by Yale University Press.
Published October 1, 2001 by Yale University Press. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In 500 Years of Book Design, British book designer Alan Bartram (Typefaces for Books) parses the rectos and versos of pages famous (the Kelmscott Chaucer) and less so (Benjamin Franklin's edition of Cicero's Cato Major), showing how and why different typesetting decisions are made.

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