Here are a few pages from the late Hermann Zapf’s 1954 masterpiece, the first Manuale Typographicum. My copy is the paperback edition by the MIT Press, printed in (West) Germany in 1970.
Let’s remember that these plates were originally printed from handset metal type! The compositors would have followed Hermann’s layouts, meticulously drawn with pencil and ballpoint pen.
The overlapping in the last two slides was done by overprinting successive plates.
Thank you for this beautiful contribution, Chris.
Peter Gabor shares a full set of images from Zapf’s Manuale Typographicum – see also his video with images of the 1957 edition. It goes without saying that digital reproductions are a poor substitute for the real thing.
Contributed by Kai Damian Matthiesen
Contributed by Chris Purcell
Contributed by Stephen Coles