SPEND YOUR ALPHABETS LAVISHLY! THE WORK OF HERMANN & GUDRUN ZAPF. Jerry Kelly.

SPEND YOUR ALPHABETS LAVISHLY! THE WORK OF HERMANN & GUDRUN ZAPF.

With an Introduction by David Pankow

  • New York: The Typophiles in association with RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press, 2007.
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • paperback
  • 48 pages

Price: $20.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 108920

This catalogue of an exhibition at the Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection Rochester Institute of Technology presents a survey of work by Hermann and Gudrun Zapf. Honoring their fifty-year long relationship with RIT, the exhibition featured examples of calligraphy, type design, book design, and bookbinding drawn completely from the Zapf archives of RIT. The book provides a brief history of the Zapf's relationship with RIT, information regarding their calligraphy and contributions, and an 18 page section devoted to illustrations .

Beginning in 1957 when Hermann Zapf visited the original downtown Rochester campus of RIT, the school's relationship with the Zapf's continued to grow over the years. Hermann Zapf was the first recipient of the Goudy Award, and in 1977 he was appointed as Cary Professor where he had a dramatic impact on the Institute's printing and design program. He extensively used the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, a rare book library devoted to the history of the book and printing acquired by RIT in 1969, and taught his students the importance of original manuscripts, early books, and the early types of Jenson, Aldus, and others.

In 1991, with her considerable achievements in bookbinding, calligraphy, and type design, Gudrun Zaptf von Hesse also won the Goudy Award. Her receipt of this award was significant because it was planned in conjunction with the dedication of a larger library facility. Ever since their beginning involvements, the Zapf's have remained prominent in helping acquire collections.