Hermann Zapf & His Design Philosophy: Selected Articles and Lectures on Calligraphy and Contemporary Developments in Type Design

Hermann Zapf (German, 1918 - 2015), Intro by Carl F. Zahn (American, 1928–2012), Publisher Society of Typographic Arts (American, founded in 1927), Printer Ludwig Oehms (German, 20th century)

Place of Publication: Chicago, Illinois, USA


Overall: 30.5 x 21 x 3.3 cm (12 x 8 1/4 x 1 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with photomechanical linecut and halftone reproductions

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Chicago: Society of Typographic Arts, 1987) Quarto; 254 pp. [1 f.] plus frontispiece; original publisher’s gilt-stamped blue cloth, printed paper dust jacket.

Calligraphic and typographic designs

Chicago: Society of Typographic Arts, 1987


Pen and blue ink under half title: "To Carl Zahn with best regards, / respect, and thanks for all his help / to prepare this publication. / Hermann Zapf / March 1987"


Carl Zahn, by whom given to MFA, 2007.

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Gift of Carl Zahn


© Hermann Zapf