Hunt Roman: The Birth of a Type

We always want that which we cannot have. And for the most part, we cannot have Hermann Zapf’s Hunt Roman, designed for the Hunt Botanical Library in the early 1960s. This is the story of that typeface, written by those involved in its making at the time of its making. (Here’s another version of the story, written fifty years later.) A beautiful book about the last days of metal type, prepared by a team at the top of their game.
  • Authors: Hermann Zapf & Jack Stauffacher 
  • Size: 9.5 × 7 inches 
  • Pages: 64 
  • Edition: No. 79 of 750 copies 
  • Binding: Hardcover 
  • Condition: Jacket dark and chipped in spots. The book itself is fine—but it has the bookplate of Doc Leslie.
  • Publisher: Pittsburgh Bibliophiles, 1965