These are some of my favorite books on typography. The publication information is based on the editions I own. Sometime, I'll add more annotations.
If I've missed one of your favorites, send me email. I'll add it to the list. I'll probably even add it to my collection.
If you have trouble finding any of these books, try Swipe Books, 1.800.567.9473 (US & Canada), fax: 416.363.6130. They carry just about everything. The prices are good and the service is great.
- The Elements of Typographic Style, by Robert Bringhurst. Hartley & Marks, 1992. ISBN: 0-88179-110-5 (HC) ISBN: 0-88179-033-8 (PBK).
- Design with Type, by Carl Dair. University of Toronto Press, 1967 (reprint: 1993) ISBN: 0-8020-6519-8 (PBK).
- An Essay on Typography, by Eric Gill. David R. Godine, 1993 (reprint. Originally published, 1936.) ISBN: 0-87923-762-7 (HC) ISBN 0-87923-950-6 (PBK).
- Alphabet: The History, Evolution, and Design of the Letters We Use Today, by Allan Haley. Watson-Guptill Publications, 1995. ISBN: 0-8230-0170-9 (PBK).
- Rhyme & Reason: A Typographic Novel, by Eric Spiekermann. H. Berthold AG, Berlin, 1987. ISBN: 3-9800722-5-8 (HC).
- Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works, by Eric Spiekermann & E.M. Ginger. Adobe Press, 1993. ISBN: 0-672-48543-5 (PBK).
- Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design, by Walter Tracy. David R. Godine, 1986. ISBN: 0-87923-636-1 (HC).
- The Typographic Scene, by Walter Tracy. Gordon Fraser, London, 1988. ISBN: 0-86092-112-3 (HC).
- 26 Letters 1992, published by ATypeI (Association Typographique Internationale). A sporadically issued calendar and annual featuring typefaces and their designers. Forget about the calendar; it's gorgeous. 1989 is also available.
- Digital Type Design Guide, by Sean Cavanaugh. Hayden Books, 1995. ISBN: 1-56830-190-1 (PBK). I just got this one and haven't yet had a chance to read the whole thing. What I have read has been great! Good, practical information for both Macintosh and Windows users.
- Fontographer: Type by Design, by Stephen Moye. MIS Press, 1995. ISBN: 1-55828-447-8 (PBK). Good Fontographer information, if you're just starting out. Be sure to read the section on technical no-nos. Out of print. Too Bad.
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