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The Practice of Typography

Excerpt from The Practice of Typography: A Treatise on Title Pages, With Numerous Illustrations in Facsimile and Some Observations on the Early and Recent Printing of Books The facsimiles here reproduced show more plainly than by words that uniformity of style in the treatment of all titles is neither possible nor desirable. Those who seek for distinctiveness should find here exhibits of odd arrangements which may be used to advantage in some new books. The skill with which an expert can vary the treatment of the same words is well exhibited in the chapter on A Title-page in Ten Styles, the illustrations of which were kindly contributed for this treatise by Mr. Charles T. Jacobi of the Chiswick Press of London. Odd arrangements are often required, and a printer should be qualified to produce them in an acceptable manner, but he should never forget that in all standard books, and even in many ordinary pamphlets, the gen eral preference is for the title-page of severe simplicity. In Chapter XII some remodelled title-pages, much unlike in matter and manner, have been presented to show that a few sizes of properly selected roman types are enough to give fit expression to the words of the author. Their arrangement of display lines may not please prevailing tastes. It is possible to rearrange these lines neatly by other methods, but it will be admitted by all that they are more easily composed as here presented, and that they will be acceptable to the reader as well as to the author, even if they do violate some antiquated rules. The purpose of the remodellings is to encourage a taste for the simplicity which should be the first purpose of the compositor. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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