THE TYPOGRAPHY OF SYRIAC: A HISTORICAL CATALOGUE OF PRINTING TYPES, 1537-1958.
Syriac, a dialect of the ancient Aramaic language, has a remarkable Christian literature spanning a thousand years from the fourth to the thirteenth century, including important versions of the Bible. It remains the liturgical language of several churches in the Middle East, India, and the west, and 'Modern Syriac' is a vernacular still in use today. It is no wonder that this language has a long and rich printing history. The challenge of conveying the beautiful cursive Syriac script, in one or another of its three varieties, was taken up by many well-known type-designers in the letterpress era, from Robert Granjon in the sixteenth century to the Monotype and Linotype corporations in the twentieth, as well as by many lesser-known ones. This study records and abundantly illustrates no fewer than 129 different Syriac types, using archival documents, type-specimens, and the often scattered evidence of the print itself. The Typography of Syriac will be of interest not only to scholars of Middle Eastern languages and scripts but also to all historians of type and printing.
J. F. Coakley is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and on the staff of Houghton Library, at Harvard University. His private press, the Jericho Press, occasionally makes use of Syriac and other exotic types.
More On This Subject - -
> PRINTING HISTORY
> TYPE SPECIMENS
> MIDDLE EAST
> UNITED STATES
> GRANJON, ROBERT
> HOUGHTON LIBRARY
> HARVARD UNIVERSITY
> GRAPHIC DESIGN
> OAK KNOLL PRESS
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CENTENAIRE DE MARCELIN BERTHELOT.
Produced after a symposium commemorating the centennial of Marcelin Berthelot's birth. Berthelot (1827-1907) was a French scientist who made landmark contributions to synthetic organic chemistry. Includes a biographical essay, a comprehensive bibliography of Berthelot's publications, tributes from his colleagues, and lists of symposium attendees. Notices of praise for the chemist from an international assortment of universities and research institutions are reprinted, some in color. Marbled endpapers. Well-illustrated with black-and-white photographs and facsimiles of Berthelot's notes. A few subtle scratches/marks on the covers; slipcover shows much wear, rubbing. Magnificent production.