Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface (英語) ハードカバー – 2016/11/22
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“Palatino is more than a type nerd’s delight or an ode to a great typeface. In telling the story of Palatino from foundry type to digital type, Mr. Bringhurst has in effect recounted the technological history of type in the 20th century. His book is an elegant and methodically thorough investigation of how technology has influenced design, positively as well as negatively, seen through the lens of a single typeface. Whether one likes Palatino or not, Mr. Bringhurst’s book is an instant classic.”―The Wall Street Journal
Robert Bringhurst is a renowned Canadian author, poet, and typographer. He is the author of the bestselling book on typography, The Elements of Typographic Style, as well as numerous works of prose and poetry. He is also an accomplished translator and linguist and has translated works from Haida, Navajo, classical Greek, and Arabic.
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Teasing out all the varieties is entertaining for its sheer geekery, but no one writes about type like Bringhurst.
A delight. Again.
To be honest, I'm actually surprised that this book ended up being published the way it has been.
The conception, content, page design, and general presentation of the material is wonderful. Herman Zapf (The Wizard of Fonts) is probably the best known of modern type designers, and Palatino is certainly one of the best known fonts in the world. This book is basically a history of the conception, design, creation, and production of Palatino faces and the many, many variations thereof.
I'm genuinely surprised that the author, Robert Bringhurst, a Canadian poet and typographer, most likely best know for his masterwork, The Elements of Typographic Style allowed this book to be published in the way it has been, and at such a high price. For $65 I was expecting really well crafted work, well printed and of extremely high quality.
What we get, however, is an average quality hardback. It's OK, but I don't think it's worth $65 in terms of production quality. The covers are bowing after just a couple of weeks, the tension of the signature stitching is uneven, meaning that the book has several preferred pages at which it falls open, even before having been read. I was under the impression that David R. Godine, the publishers, cared more about the books that went out under their imprint.
However, he biggest surprise of all is the actual typesetting. It feels sloppy, and lacks the crispness and color of The Elements of Typographic Style. While the page design, by which I mean the elements of the page and how they (should) interact, is great, the layout is poor. There is not enough white space and the pages feel crowded.
But the biggest turd in the sorts (actual characters used) - I genuinely can't understand how a book about one of the ultimate type designers, written by one of the world's best typographers can omit using even the simplest ligatures - not only are correct sorts for ffl anf ffi missing, but there are not even the correct ligatures for fi and fl! This really is unforgiveable. It's like opening a bottle of fine wine but finding bits of insects in it.
The only reason I can think is that the book was not set by Bringhurst*, and that Godine produced it for the minimum price possible. The physical artifact comes from China which may account for some of this.
Overall, the subject matter and content deserves five stars, but the execution is terrible and barely deserves one star. So three stars, since you can't really get this much information anywhere else at all easily.
This could have been SO much better. What a shame.
* The colophon states that Bringhurst did in fact typeset the book, but I find that so surprising that I left my first guess in this review.