ABC: History and Form of the Latin Script


This one provides an overview of the development of the Latin script, covers the origin of Latin characters, how they were changed and altered over the centuries, and ends in a presentation of contemporary digital scripts and types. Based on Hans Eduard Meier’s (1923–2015) standard work The Development of Script and Type (first published in 1959), the editors have completely revised the book, supplementing and expanding it with state-of-the-art scientific findings. In his original work, Meier described the development of the Latin script, from Phoenician inscriptions and Greek lapidarian writing to the most important printed texts of the early 20th century. The authors supplemented Meier’s original work with a genealogy of all the types presented, including their genres, as well as important 20th and early 21st century milestones that were previously absent. So important and wicked useful. (And an excellent example of typography and bookmaking.)

  • Editors: Rudolf Barmettler, Rupert Kalkofen, and Roland Stieger
  • Size: 8.25 × 11.6875 inches 
  • Pages: 92 
  • Binding: Softcover 
  • Language: German, English, and French
  • Publisher: VGS Verlagsgenossenschaft St. Gallen, 2021