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Letters and Lettering: A Treatise With 200 Examples by Frank Chouteau Brown is a comprehensive guide to the art of lettering. This book, which has certainly stood the test of time, provides readers with a wealth of knowledge and inspiration on the subject.

One of the greatest strengths of this book is its organization. Brown takes readers through the various aspects of lettering, from understanding the basic principles to exploring advanced techniques. This logical progression allows beginners to grasp the fundamental concepts while also challenging more experienced lettering artists.

The inclusion of over 200 examples throughout the book is truly invaluable. Each example is carefully selected to showcase different styles and approaches to lettering. From classical scripts to modern calligraphy, readers are treated to a diverse range of letterforms. These examples serve as a source of inspiration and a visual reference for understanding the nuances of each style.

Moreover, Brown's explanations are clear, concise, and well-illustrated. The accompanying text provides a wealth of information on the theory behind lettering, such as understanding proportions, spacing, and ornamentation. The author's expertise shines through as he explains the rationale behind each decision, making it easier for readers to apply these techniques to their own work.

What sets this book apart is its timeless quality. Originally published in 1921, the principles and techniques presented by Brown are just as relevant today. While technology has revolutionized the field of design, the fundamentals of lettering remain the same. By grounding his teachings in the foundations of lettering craftsmanship, Brown ensures that his book remains a valuable resource for aspiring lettering artists regardless of any technological advancements.

However, there are a couple of areas where this book could have been improved. The examples, while excellent, could have included more diverse cultural styles of lettering. Exploring lettering across different cultures would have added an additional dimension to the book, allowing readers to understand the historical and cultural context of various lettering forms.

Additionally, some readers may prefer a more hands-on approach. While the book offers plenty of theory and inspiration, it could benefit from providing step-by-step exercises to help readers practice and experiment with the techniques learned. Including practical exercises would enhance the learning experience and encourage readers to apply their newly acquired knowledge.

Overall, Letters and Lettering: A Treatise With 200 Examples is an exemplary guide for anyone interested in the art of lettering. Frank Chouteau Brown's expertise and passion for the craft shine throughout the book, providing readers with a solid foundation in lettering techniques. With its timeless principles and rich selection of examples, this book is destined to become a classic resource for both beginners and experienced lettering artists alike.

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Copyright, 1921, by BATES & GUILD COMPANY


Printed in the U. S. A.


This book is intended for those who have felt the need of a varied collection of alphabets of standard forms, arranged for convenient use.

The alphabets illustrated, while primarily intended to exhibit the letter shapes, have in most cases been so arranged as to show also how the letters compose into words, except in those instances where they are intended to be used only as initials. The application of classic and medieval letters to modern usages has been, as far as possible, suggested by showing modern designs in which similar forms are employed.

In view of the practical aim of this treatise it has been deemed advisable to include a larger number of illustrative examples rather than to devote space to the historical evolution of the letter forms.

To the artists, American and European, who have so kindly furnished him with drawings of their characteristic letters and without whose cordial assistance this book would hardly have been possible to the master printers who have allowed him to show types specially designed for them, and to the publishers who have given him permission to borrow from their books and magazines, the author wishes to express his sincere obligations... Continue reading book >>

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