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This book is a genuine rarity. I stumbled across it without really knowing anything about it but I now know that it was an amazing find. This is a Rare Book.
The entire title is:
Alphabets Old and New For The Use of Craftsmen, with an Introductary Essay on *Art Is In The Alphabet*
By Lewis F. Day, author of Pattern Design, Ornament and It's Application, Nature and Ornament and more.
This is the Third Edition, Revised and Enlarged. Published in London by B. T. Batsford Ltd. I have no idea when it was originally published but clearly, it is older then this edition.
Quoting (and paraphrasing) from the preface to the 3rd Edition
" have attempted, in Art in the Alphabet, to give, as simply as possible, that amount of information about the Alphabet and it's evolution without which it is not safe for the designer to depart from too familiar forms"
"My own ideas on Lettering design, enunciated by the way, are the more frankly expressed because it must be understood that they are only personal opinions which the reader will take for what they are worth"
This is pretty much verbatim, there is more but I think you get the idea.
The table of contents will give you, I think, a pretty clear idea of Alphabets Old and New:
Descriptive List of Illustrations
*ART IN THE ALPHABET*
Old Alphabets Arranged In Order Of Date
Modern Alphabets-Showing The Character Which Comes Of Using Pen, Chisel Or Whatever It May Be
Modern Alphabets In Which The Influence Of The Implement Employed Is Not So Evident
Amperzands and Numerals
Index Of Illustrations, Arranged Under Artists, Countries, Materials and Processes, and Styles.
Well, I am very pleased to see the addition of Numbers. They are usually ignored and very rarely included in books of Letters, Monograms or any book of this sort.
This book is truly amazing. The range and depth of the alphabets is impressive. This book was originally published in 1910. The copy I have is a 1995 reprint.
The copy I have in stock is different from the one shown here. It is a smaller, trade paperback size, matte cover book, It is in Very Good condition. Except for some yellowing from age, it could be a new book.
I will post the updated picture assign as I can.