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Typographic Specimans: A Natural History of Letterforms, Hardback Book

Typographic Specimans: A Natural History of Letterforms Hardback


The book presents 60 "species" from the imagination of author and illustrator, A.W.

Bainbridge, taken from a fictional manuscript by the Reverend Jackson Whitehead, who served aboard the HMS Pica--sister ship to the Beagle--during Charles Darwin's famous voyage in the 1830s.

The menagerie of beasts, fish, fowl, and invertebrates, all created from traditional typefaces, numerals, and punctuation marks, ranges from the Bracket Spider or "Hanging Parentheses," which traps its prey by encasing them in its finely bracketed web, to the Comma Cat, identifiable by its very short pause.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112 pages, black and white illustrations
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Typography & lettering
  • ISBN: 9781781453094



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