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A generously illustrated examination of the enduring influence of and many variations on the classical Roman capital letter.The fiftieth anniversary of Helvetica- the most famous of all sans serif typefaces- was celebrated with an excitement unusual in the staid world of typography and culminated in the release of the first movie ever made starring a typeface. Yet Helveticas fifty-year milestone pales in comparison with the two thousandth anniversary in 2014 of Trajans Column and its famous inscription -- the preeminent illustration of the classical Roman capital letter. For- despite the modern ascendance of the sans serif- serif typefaces- most notably Times Roman- still dominate printed matter and retain a strong presence in screen-based communication. The Eternal Letter is a lavishly illustrated examination of the enduring influence of- and many variations on- the classical Roman capital letter. The Eternal Letter offers a series of essays by some of the most highly regarded practitioners in the fields of typography- lettering- and stone carving. They discuss the subtleties of the classical Roman capital letter itself- different iterations of it over the years- and the work of famous typographers and craftsmen. The essays cover such topics as efforts to calculate a geometric formulation of the Trajan letters; the recalculation of their proportions by early typefounders; the development and astonishing popularity of Adobe Trajan; type and letter designs by Father Edward M. Catich- Frederic W. Goudy- Eric Gill- Jan van Krimpen- Hermann Zapf- Matthew Carter- and others... Please click here to ask a question
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