Here it is! The first annual top ten typography and type-related books as rated by over 250 type foundries and independent type designers when surveyed for their favorite type-related title(s). The results were more varied than anticipated but some common favorites clearly emerged. If you’re looking for a particular book, complete lists by Author and by Title are available. You can also search for a book by author or title with our search engine.


Elements of Typographic Style, The (2nd Ed.)
Author: Robert Bringhurst
Publisher: Hartley & Marks [1997]
ISBN: 0-88179-132-6
Binding: Paperback, 350pp.

“Without a doubt, my favorite typographic treatise. Full of great information, delivered with wit and panache.”
—Chester, Thirstype

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey! Check out the TypeBooks Interview with Author Robert Bringhurst.
Please Note: This survey was completed before the 2nd edition of Elements was available. The First Edition of Elements is now out of print.


Form of the Book, The: Essays on the Morality of Good Design.
Author: Jan Tschichold & Hajo Hadeler
Publisher: Hartley & Marks [1995]
ISBN: 0-88179-116-4
Binding: Paperback


Fontographer: Type by Design
Author: Stephen Moye
Publisher: MIS:Press [1995]
ISBN: 1-55828-447-8
Binding: Paperback, 275pp.


New Typography, The: A Handbook for Modern Designers
Author: Jan Tschichold
Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley [1995]
ISBN: 0-520-07146-8
Binding: Hardcover, 236pp.


Stop Stealing Sheep & find out how type works
Authors: Erik Spiekermann & E.M. Ginger
Publisher: Adobe Press/Hayden Books [1993]
ISBN: 0-672-48543-5
Binding: Paperback


Typography Now Two: Implosion
Editor: Rick Poyner
Publisher: Booth-Clibborn Editions/Internos Books
ISBN: 0-688-16206-1
Binding: Paperback, 240pp, 10 3/4" x 8 1/2"


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


Design of Books, The
Author: Adrian Wilson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0-8118-0304-X
Binding: Paperback, 159pp.


Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design
Author: Walter Tracy
Publisher: David R. Godine, Publisher [1986]
ISBN: 0-87923-636-1
Binding: Hardcover


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

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