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Coming soon to - The Eternal Letter - An amazing new book co-ordinated and edited by Paul Shaw.


Read on, or click on this link for more information.

Please note:This book will not be available for shipment before April 2nd 2015, however, you are able to pre-order it from this web-site ahead of time. Your credit card will not be charged before your book is ready for shipment. Orders will be processed in order of receipt.

Booksellers Comments:

This new book edited and co-ordinated by Paul Shaw, is destined to become the most significant book on the history of lettering for this year if not this century. Its 258 pages are generously illustrated with over 380 photographs and illustrations as it examines and discusses the influence of the classical Roman capital letter.


Paul’s work has been supported with essays and contributors from notable lettering artists such John and Nicholas Benson, Frank E. Blokland, Matthew Carter; Ewan Clayton, Lance Hidy, Jost Hochuli, Jonathan Hoefler, Richard Kindersley, Scott-Martin Kosofsky, Gerry Leonidas, Martin Majoor, Steve Matteson, Gregory MacNaughton, James Mosley, Tom Perkins, Yves Peters, Ryan L. Roth, Werner Schneider, Julian Waters, and Maxim Zhukov

Subjects covered are:

The Eternal Letter: The Fluctuating Fortunes of the Classical Roman Capital by Paul Shaw

Defining the Classical Roman Capital by Paul Shaw

Father Edward M. Catich and the Trajan Inscription by Paul Shaw 

The Genetrix by Father Edward M. Catich

The Trajan Secrets by Tom Perkins

Walter Kamech, Craftsman by Jost Hochuli


On the Origin of Capital Proportions in Roman Type by Frank E. Blokland


Felice Feliciano and the Inscriptions on the Macello of Verona by James Mosley


The Tomb of Niccoló Forteguerri by Paul Shaw & Garrett Boge


The Baroque Inscriptional Letter in Rome by James Mosley


The Baroque Set by Garrett Boge


Goudas Inscriptional Letters by Steve Matteson


Eric Gill’s Capital Letter by Ewan Clayton


Ian van Krimpen and Roman Capitals by Martin Majoor


Hermann Zapf’s Roman Capitals: An Appreciation by Paul Shaw


The Trajan Letter in Russia by Maxim Zhukov


Gill’s Legacy by Ewan Clayton


Straight, No Chaser: The Work of Michael Harvey by Paul Shaw


The John Stevens Shop: Three Generations of Lettercarvers by Richard Kindersley

Penumbra: The Offspring of Trajan and Futura by Lance Hidy


Father Catich at Reed College by Gregory MacNaughton

Democratizing the Empire: The Birth of Adobe Trajan by Scott-Martin Kosofsky


Trajan Revived Redux by Paul Shaw / Maxim Zhukov / Gerry Leonidas


Artist of the Written Word by Paul Shaw

The Origins of Senatus by Werner Schneider With Dan Reynolds


Mantinia by Matthew Carter


Requiem: A True Renaissance Letter by Jonathan Hoefler


Waters Titling by Julian Waters


Trajan at the Movies by Yves Peters


Learning from Chairs by Cyrus Highsmith


Typefaces with Classical Roman Influences: 1900 – 2012


Census of Trajan Inscription Reproductions


Selected Collections of Roman Inscriptions


Further Reading on Roman Capitals


Recording Inscriptions: Methods and Tips


Acknowledgments I Credits I Contributors


This book will be on any the “must have” list of any calligrapher, letter cutter, lettering artist, or anyone wanting to understand more about the history of the western alphabet.

Click here to learn more and pre-order now for delivery on publication date.

6 mar 15 @ 10:14 pm gmt

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