The Construction of Roman Letters by Albrecht Dürer

The Roman alphabet constructed by ol’ Al Dürer “for the guidance of architects, painters and others” first appeared in Book III of his treatise on geometry in 1525. Bruce Rogers writes that “the designs themselves clearly show the construction off each letter without need of reference to Dürer's text which, to tell the truth, is in some places not very lucid.” (We appreciate his honesty.) Printed from the same blocks by Emery Walker that were used for the 1917 Grolier Club edition of Of the Just Shaping of Letters, this thing is a marvel of geometry, letters, typography, printing, and joy.
  • Introduction (and design): Bruce Rogers
  • Size: 4.5 × 7.75 inches
  • Pages: 40
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Excellent. There is a spot on the lower right corner of the title page and a matching one on the facing verso, but the book is 100 years old. What would you expect? But it’s really not a big deal. It adds to the charm. There are also a series of bookseller notes in pencil on the first leaf. 
  • Publisher: Hubert Rutherford Brown, 1923