Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Mainz. 1997. First edition. 332 pages. 4to (30 x 22 cm). Blind stamped cloth in great condition. Illustrated in b/w. Text in German. It
is a handbook for the practitioner, which can be consulted in small pieces as needed. It is not only a valuable reference, but also a beautifully designed book.
”Typography is meant for readers and not for designers.” With this deep confession, one of Germanys greatest book-designers and teachers of the 20th century, Hans Peter Willberg (1930-2003) together with Friedrich Forssman, the most distinct typographer, author, exhibition designer and most successful participant among the best German books, set a standard book for every typographer, designer, typesetter and author.
There are no universal regulations for correct typography, the criterion is how one reads: lineally as in a novel, consulting like on a website or a dictionary, studying like in a science book or learning like in a first reader’s children’s book: All need other treatment in typography.
Combining the collected typesetters wisdom with the rules of excellent book-design, this »typo-bible« found its way on every typographers shelf in Germany for more than a decade made this book a classic.
Based on the respect for the reader, Reading Typography shows with excellent examples of book-design, how to solve nearly every problem in typography – from details to whole composition advices for text and pictures. How to set drama, lyric, registers or content-pages: No question is to unimportant not be discussed with many inspiring examples.