The Elements of Typographic Style


The Chicago Manual of Style, supplemented by Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style, has long been the standard regarding editorial style in America. But as far as typography goes, there was no such universally accepted guide, until Robert Bringhurst, a Canadian poet, book designer, translator, and typographer, published The Elements of Typographic Style over a quarter of a century ago. The book filled a gaping void, and was an instant success, vaulting Bringhurst to the top of the heap when it comes to writers attempting to clarify and rationalize the field of typography.

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  • Author: Robert Bringhurst
  • Size: 5.25 × 9 inches
  • Pages: 256
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Condition: A good used copy
  • Publisher: Hartley & Marks, 1992 (First edition, first printing)