Schatzkammer der Schreibkunst: Meisterwerke der Kalligraphie aus vier Jahrhunderten auf Zweihundert Tafeln
by Tschichold, Jan (editor)
Basel: Verlag Birkhäuser, 1945. First edition of this "treasury" of plates showcasing four hundred years of calligraphy, a presentation copy from editor Jan Tschichold, one of the most influential typographers of the twentieth century. The son of a Leipzig sign painter, Tschichold developed his fascination with letterforms at an early age; before he was twenty, he had studied "calligraphy, engraving, etching, wood engraving, and bookbinding" (Rosen). His calligraphic training set Tschichold apart from most modern graphic designers. He compiled the Schatzkammer as a source book and teaching tool when he was a designer at Birkhäuser in Basel, just before he moved to England, where he pioneered Penguin's iconic postwar paperback design. Featured calligraphers include Giambattista Palatino in sixteenth-century Rome, Jan van den Velde in seventeenth-century Rotterdam, George Bickham in eighteenth-century London, and Ramón Stirling in nineteenth-century Barcelona. This copy is inscribed by Tschichold to the artist Sabine Klemke (later Sabine Kahane), the daughter of Tschichold's biographer and fellow book designer Werner Klemke. Sabine Klemke followed her father into book illustration, and studied under Tschichold. Text in German. A fine copy of a compelling reference, handsomely bound, with an excellent typographical association. Oblong quarto, twentieth-century full vellum, title and author calligraphically hand-lettered in black and red on front board and spine, top edge stained red. Introduction by Jan Tschichold, followed by 199 photographic reproductions of calligraphy from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Pencil presentation inscription to verso of title page: "Für Sabine Klemke / von / Jan Tschichold / 1967." Touch of offsetting and foxing to endpapers, corner of page 11 clipped, occasional stray mark to text.
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