Five Hundred Years of Book Design

Five Hundred Years of Book Design

by Alan Bartram
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300090587

ISBN-13: 9780300090581

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

What decisions lie behind the way a book is designed? How are readers of books helped or hindered by the choices that a designer, publisher, or printer has made in presenting an author's text to its intended audience? Are there any lessons we can learn from a study of the books that have been produced in previous centuries?

In this stimulating and generously

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What decisions lie behind the way a book is designed? How are readers of books helped or hindered by the choices that a designer, publisher, or printer has made in presenting an author's text to its intended audience? Are there any lessons we can learn from a study of the books that have been produced in previous centuries?

In this stimulating and generously illustrated volume, Alan Bartram, a distinguished book designer and typographer, answers many of these questions and provides his personal view of some of the successes and failures of his predecessors. He looks with fresh eyes at a varied range of books published in western Europe and America in the last half-millennium, concerning himself in particular with readability, function, and clarification of meaning. He also discusses how different elements of text, decoration, and illustration were combined in the layout of the printed page, and he comments on whether the resultant design is successful.

Concisely written and handsomely produced, this visual history of book design and production is intended for a wide audience -- students of graphic design and the history of the book, bibliophiles, collectors, and all who are interested in the visual communication of ideas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300090581
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 12.12(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface9
Introduction11
A History of Book Printing in 3 1/2 pages15
A Note on the Illustrations19
Eusebius: De Evangelica Praeparatione Nicolas Jenson, Venice, 1470 [C.14.c.2.]20
Diomedes: De Arte Grammatica Nicolas Jenson, Venice, 1480 [G.7614]22
Marsiglio Ficino: Epistole Ioannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, Venice, 1495 [I.B.22768]24
Constantinus Lascaris: Erotemata Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1495 [G.7586]26
Francesco Colonna(?): Hypnerotomachia Poliphili Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1499 [86.k.9]28
Virgil: Opera Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1501 [G.19.f.7]32
Pietro Bembo: Gli Asolani Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1505 [G.10472]34
Paolo Giovio: Vitae Duodecim Vicecomitum Mediolani Principum Robert Estienne, Paris, 1549 [C.97.c.5]36
Jacques Focard: Paraphrases de l'Astrolabe Jean de Tournes, Lyons, 1546 [717.d.6]38
Orontius Fine: Quadratura Circuli Simon de Colines, Paris, 1544 [C.112.g.2(3)]40
Francesco Colonna(?): Hypnerotomachia Poliphili Jacques Kerver, Paris, 1546 [635.m.17]42
Jean Le Maire: Illustrations de Gaulle Jean de Tournes, Lyons, 1549 [184.d.14]44
Froissart: Chroniques Jean de Tournes, Lyons, 1559 [674.l.9]45
Horae Simon de Colines, Paris, 1525 [C.27.k.15]46
Regnault Chauldiere, Paris, 1549 [C.27.e.14]47
Ovid: Metamorphoses Jean de Tournes, Lyons, 1557 [C.107.c.8]48
Giovanni Scandianese: I Quattro Libri della Caccia Gabriel Giolito, Ferrara, 1556 [83.c.9]50
Pomponius Mela: De Situ Orbis Jacques Kerver, Paris, 1557 [10002.dd.13]52
Petrus Paschalius: Elogia Michel Vascosan, Paris, 1560 [610.l.17]53
Suetonius: De la Vie des XII Cesars Jean de Tournes, Lyons, 1556 [C.38.f.13]54
Plutarch: Les Vies des Hommes Illustres Le Preux, Lausanne, 1574 [609.m.4]55
Geffrey Whitney: A Choice of Emblemes Christopher Plantin, Leyden, 1586 [G.11572]56
Charles Perrault: Labyrinte de Versailles Imprimerie Royale, Paris, 1677 [C.32.f.34]58
Salmasius: Pliny J van de Water, Utrecht, 1689 [11352.i.8]60
Lord Clarendon: History of the Great Rebellion Oxford University Press, 1702-4 [629.p.1]62
Academie des inscriptions et belles lettres: Les Medailles sur les Principaux Evenements du Regne de Louis-le-Grand Imprimerie Royale, Paris, 1702 [139.h.6]63
Joannes Secundus: Les Baisers La Haye, 1770 [C.40.i.15]64
Cicero: Cato Major Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia, 1744 [C.20.c.13]66
Pierre-Simon Fournier: De l'Origine et des Productions de l'Imprimerie Joseph Gerard Barbou, Paris, 1759 [687.d.33(2)]67
Pierre-Simon Fournier: Manuel Typographique Joseph Gerard Barbou, Paris, 1764 [680.b.25]68
Virgil: Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis John Baskerville, Birmingham, 1751 [687.k.1]70
Holy Bible John Baskerville, Cambridge, 1763 [687.l.1]72
Juvenal John Baskerville, Birmingham, 1761 [684.h.6]73
Aesop: Fables John Baskerville, Birmingham, 1761 [C.70.b.2]74
Ariosto: Orlando Furioso John Baskerville, Birmingham, 1773 [G.1131 (quarto)]76
Ariosto: Orlando Furioso John Baskerville, Birmingham, 1761 [C.70.f.4 (octavo)]78
Ariosto: Orlando Furioso Antonio Zatta, Venice, 1772 [81.l.5]80
Pierre Didot: Essai de Fables Nouvelles Pierre Didot, Paris, 1786 [637.c.1]82
Horace: Opera Giambattista Bodoni, Parma, 1791 [11385.k.9]83
Racine: Oeuvres Firmin Didot, Paris, 1801 [RB.23.d.3317]84
Dante: La Divina Commedia Giambattista Bodoni, Parma, 1795 [75.i.12]85
Salomone Fiorentino: Elegie Giambattista Bodoni, Parma, 1801 [1062.a.37]88
Giambattista Bodoni: Manuale Tipografico Giambattista Bodoni, Parma, 1818 [59.c.19]90
Goldsmith and Parnell: Poems William Bulmer, London, 1795 [435.f.25(2)]92
John and Josiah Boydell: Shakespeare William Bulmer, London, 1791-1804 [685.k.6]96
Thomas Bewick: A History of British Birds Edward Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1826 [1488.d.21]98
Aesop: Fables Edward Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1818 [Ch.810/123]100
Thomas Fuller: The History of the Holy War Charles Whittingham, London, 1840 [4570.a.16]102
The Diary of Lady Willoughby Charles Whittingham, London, 1844 [C.103.e.22]104
James McNeill Whistler: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies Ballantyne Press, London and Edinburgh, 1890 [12315.k.g]106
William Morris: The Story of the Glittering Plain Kelmscott Press, London, 1891 [C.43.e.1]108
William Morris: News from Nowhere Kelmscott Press, London, 1892 [C.43.e.9]110
Geoffrey Chaucer: Works Kelmscott Press, London, 1896 [C.43.h.19]112
Dante: Inferno Ashendene Press, London, 1902 [C.99.e.11]114
The Book of Common Prayer The Press of the Guild of Handicraft, Chipping Campden, 1903 [C.99.l.4]116
Holy Bible The Doves Press, London, 1903-5 [C.99.l.6]118
Pierre de Ronsard: Songs & Sonnets Riverside Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1903 [C.100.h.18]122
Izaac Walton: The Complete Angler Riverside Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1909 [C.100.h.22]124
Maurice de Guerin: The Centaur Montague Press, Montague, Massachusetts, 1915126
Stanley Morison: Fra Luca de Pacioli Cambridge University Press, 1933 [Ac.4714.b/9]127
Isaac Lionberger: The Felicities of Sixty Merrymount Press, Boston, 1922 [Cup.510.sac.9]128
Martha Amory: The Wedding Journey of Charles and Martha Amory Merrymount Press, Boston, 1922 [10906.c.5]129
Thomas Beedome: Select Poems Divine and Humane Nonesuch Press, London, 1928 [C.99.c.42]130
George Borrow: The Bible in Spain J M Dent, London, 1906 (Everyman's Library) [12206.p.1/119]132
The Book of Common Prayer Oxford University Press, 1913134
Holy Bible Oxford University Press, 1935 [Cup.1247.h.1]135
George Bernard Shaw: Prefaces Constable, London, 1934 [012272.dd.5]138
George Bernard Shaw: The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God Constable, London, 1932 [012614.k.11]140
Eric Gill: An Essay on Typography Hague & Gill, Pigotts, Buckinghamshire, 1931 [C.100.e.6]142
Siegfried Sassoon: Memoirs of an Infantry Officer Faber and Faber, London, 1931 [Cup.500.k.36]144
Longus: Daphnis and Chloe Philippe Gonin, Paris, 1937 [C.103.e.4]146
Shakespeare's Comedies J M Dent, London, 1906 (Everyman's Library) [12206.p.1/209]148
William Shakespeare: Love's Labour's Lost Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1953 [011768.n.5]150
Title-Pages Etc154
Homer: Odyssey, etc Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1504 [G.8722]155
Erasmus (editor): New Testament Johann Froben, Basle, 1516 [C.24.f.14]156
Niccolo Machiavelli: Il Principe Antonio Blado, Rome, 1532 [C.55.f.2(2)]157
Arte de Ben Morire Giovanni and Alberto Alvise, Verona, 1478 [IA.30713]158
Louise Labe: Euvres Jean de Tournes, Lyons, 1556 [G.18078]159
Paolo Giovio: Vita Sfortiae Antonio Blado, Rome, 1539 [10629.d.30]160
Giovanni Giorgio Trissino: Epistola de le Lettere Tolomeo Janiculo, Vicenza, 1529 [73.g.4(3)]161
Strada: Iconum Promptuarii Guillaume Rouille, Lyons, 1553 [7755.c.20]162
Caius Julius Solinus: Rerum Toto Orbe Memorabilium Thesaurus Michel Isingrinius, Basle, 1543 [568.i.12]163
Pierre-Simon Fournier: Dissertation etc Joseph Gerard Barbou, Paris, 1758 [687.d.33(2)]164
Pierre-Simon Fournier: Manuel Typographique Joseph Gerard Barbou, Paris, 1764 [680.b.25]165
Cicero: Cato Major Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia, 1744 [C.20.c.13]166
Virgil: Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis John Baskerville, Birmingham, 1757 [657.k.1]167
Holy Bible John Baskerville, Cambridge, 1763 [657.l.1]168
Holy Bible Isaiah Thomas, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1791 [C.109.k.15]169
Ariosto: Orlando Furioso John Baskerville, Birmingham, 1773 [C.70.f.4]170
Goldsmith and Parnell: Poems William Bulmer, London, 1795 [435.f.25(2)]171
Dante: La Divina Commedia Giambattista Bodoni, Parma, 1795 [75.i.12]172
Giambattista Bodoni: Manuale Tipografico Giambattista Bodoni, Parma, 1818 [59.c.19]173
Robert Burns: Poetical Works Charles Whittingham, London, 1830 [1066.e.2]174
The Diary of Lady Willoughby Charles Whittingham, London, 1844 [C.103.e.22]175
James McNeill Whistler: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies Ballantyne Press, London and Edinburgh, 1890 [12315.k.9]176
James Boswell: The Life of Samuel Johnson J M Dent, London, 1906 (Everyman's Library) [12206]178
Pierre de Ronsard: Songs & Sonnets Riverside Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1903 [C.100.h.18]180
Thomas Beedome: Select Poems Divine and Humane Nonesuch Press, London, 1928 [C.99.c.42]181
H G Wells: The Time Machine Random House, New York, 1931 [Cup.503.e.19]182
George Bernard Shaw: Prefaces Constable, London, 1934 [012272.dd.5]184
Goethe: Briefe Aus der Schweiz Holbein, Basel, 1941185
Erwin O Christensen: Popular Art in the United States King Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1948 [12208.a.4/50]186
Kenneth Rowntree and Gwyn Jones: A Prospect of Wales King Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1948 [12208.a.4/43]187
Werner Weisbach: Manierismus in mittelalterlicher Kunst Birkhauser, Basel, 1946188
Select List of Books190
Index of Printers, Typecutters, Publishers and Designers191

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