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Anatomy of a Typeface
Author: Alexander S. Lawson
Publisher: David R. Godine, Publisher [1990]
ISBN: 0-87932-332-X
Binding: Hardcover, 448pp.

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Precision Type Font Reference Guide: Version 5.0
Author: Bruce Newman, Brenda Newman & Jeff Level
Publisher: Precision Type [1996]
ISBN: 0-9646252-0-2
Binding: Paperback, 653pp.

Treasury of Alphabets & Lettering: A Source Book...
Author: Jan Tschichold
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. [1995]
ISBN: 0-393-70197-2
Binding: Paperback, 236pp.


Twentieth Century Type
Author: Lewis Blackwell
Publisher: Rizzoli International/Calmann & King [1992]
ISBN: 0-8478-1596-X
Binding: Hardcover, 256pp.


Counterpunch: Making Type in the Sixteenth Century, Designing Typefaces
Editors: Fred Smeijers & Robin Kinross
Publisher: Hyphen Press [1996]
ISBN: 0-9072-5906-5
Binding: Paperback


End of Print, The
Authors: Lewis Blackwell & David Carson
Publisher: Chronicle Books [1995]
ISBN: 0-8118-1199-9
Binding: Paperback, 160 pp.


Rookledge’s International Type Finder (Revised)
Editors: Christopher Perfect & Gordon Rookledge
Publisher: Moyer Bell Ltd/Rizzoli International[1991]
ISBN: 1-55921-052-4
Binding: Paperback


Types Best Remembered/Types Best Forgotten
Author: Robert Norton
Publisher: Parsimony Press
ISBN: 1-884606-00-8
Binding: Hardcover & Paperback, unumerated, 8 1/4" x 6"


Typographics 1: The Art of Typography from Digital to Dyeline (Reprint)
Editor: Roger Walton
Publisher: North Light Books [1997]
ISBN: 0-688-15066-7
Binding: Paperback, 224pp.


Alphabet Abecedarium, The: Some Notes on Lettering
Author: Richard A. Firmage
Publisher: David R. Godine, Publisher
ISBN: 0-87923-987-5
Binding: Hardcover, 320pp.


Finer Points in the Spacing & Arrangement of Type (Revised Ed.)*
Author: Geoffrey Dowding
Publisher: Hartley & Marks Publishers [1995]
ISBN: 0-88179-119-9
Binding: Paperback, 96pp, 5 3/4" x 9"
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