Rochester, NY: Cary Graphic Arts Press, 2008,
Second Edition. quarto, cloth. 150pp; 96 illustrations. Cary Graphic Arts Press, New. Item #17653
“Alphabet Stories” are precisely what Hermann Zapf tells best. Through his 89 years, Zapf has designed over 25 typefaces, including the ubiquitous “Palatino” and “Zapf Dingbats” digital fonts that are included on most computer operating systems; he has illustrated and designed myriad books, and has traveled the world educating calligraphers and graphic designers. After a complete sell-out of the American edition, RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press is releasing a second edition of Alphabet Stories: A Chronicle of Technical Developments by famed German calligrapher and typographer, Hermann Zapf. This new edition is enhanced by the addition of a letterpress-printed broadside designed by Zapf. The insert was typeset and hand-printed on Kitakata paper at the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection using its collection of rare metal "Virtuosa" type—Zapf's elegant script face originally released by Stempel Typefounders in 1952. This book is the first Hermann Zapf monograph to be typeset in the new “Palatino Nova” and “Palatino Sans” digital typefaces issued by Linotype. Written as an anecdotal first-person account, the reader is treated to Zapf’s personal recollections of technical breakthroughs. Zapf reveals milestones tracing his education in 1930s Germany, to his work on forefront of computer-aided typesetting in the 1970s, to the tour de force design of a complex calligraphic font—Zapfino in the late ’90s. Vivid reproductions of Zapf’s calligraphy, production proofs, typographic specimens, and photographs complete the portrait of one of the most prolific designers of our time. Beautifully printed in color on an uncoated cream-colored paper, it includes the illustrated narrative, a plate section, a selected bibliography, and a postscript by David Pankow. Illustrated with 96 color illustrations.