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.

Credit Line

Gift of Carl Zahn


© Hermann Zapf