- New York: The Grolier Club, 2019.
- 6.125 x 9.5 inches
- 368 pages
- ISBN: 9781605830827
Price: $48.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 133672
Published to accompany the Grolier Club exhibition "Alphabet Magic: A Centennial Exhibition of the Work of Hermann & Gudrun Zapf," curated by Jerry Kelly and Steven Galbraith, on show at the Club February 20-April 27 2019, in celebration of the centenary of Zapf's birth. This is the first comprehensive biography of Hermann Zapf (1918-2015), whom Robert Bringhurst has called "the greatest type designer of our time, and very possibly the greatest type designer of all time."
2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of both Hermann Zapf and Gudrun Zapf von Hesse. Hermann Zapf's contribution to type design and calligraphy is immeasurable. His typographic work alone has greatly expanded the language of letterforms through ubiquitous fonts such as Palatino, Optima, and Zapfino (to name a few). Zapf's typefaces have become among the most used -- and most admired -- of all time, and he is arguably the most important type designer of the 20th century.
No less important, though perhaps less well known, is his work in typography and book design. Zapf has also been at the forefront of type technology. His Marconi alphabet design was the first typeface ever created specifically for digital typography. Also noteworthy is Zapf's calligraphic art. It first became widely disseminated in his writing manual Pen and Graver (1949), and has since been seen in numerous books and exhibitions, and has been a major influence on generations of calligraphers.
In 1951 Hermann Zapf married Gudrun von Hesse. She was a master in her own right and across several disciplines. In addition to a remarkable career in the fields of calligraphy and type design, she is recognized as one of the finest bookbinders of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Numerous illustrations throughout, in black and white, and color. Colophon: "Set in Hermann Zapf's Palatino Nova and Optima Nova types. Printed on Yulong paper by C&C Offset, China. Design and typography by the author."