Das Monogramm

Count ’em: 3,000 designs and drawings for monograms by Wilhelm Burkhardt, born in Leipzig in 1889 and a student of Walter Tiemann. Chances are you won’t need 3,000. Or even one. But what’s amazing about this book is that it shows the limitless (up to 3,000) possibilities of what can be done with our alphabet. Some of those possibilities are weird, no question, but it’s the inventiveness that is so inspiring. And now an aside: Students were in not long ago, complaining about how they’d been forced to make work with only circles and squares. Only circles and squares?! we exclaimed. And then we should them all sorts of books with only circles and squares. We hope they come back before you buy this book so we can show them what can be done when forced to work with only two letters.
  • Author: Wilhelm Burkhardt
  • Introduction: Dr. Karl von Seeger
  • Size: 8.25 × 11.5 inches
  • Pages: 260
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: German
  • Condition: Minor scuffs and scratches on the cover. The endpapers are foxed, as are the leaves in immediate contact with those endpapers (but less so). There is a mustiness, but not the kind that makes you want to set your hands on fire. It’s the sort that makes people exclaim I love the smell of books! and then not buy anything. 
  • Publisher: Anton Hiersemann, 1955