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Old 11-24-2006, 03:10 PM   #1
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Default Font catalog: Gorgeous!

If you are passionate for fonts check out FontShop’s new 4th edition of FontBook, the big yellow font catalog. Some of the promises at the sales site:
  • The only guide with original, digital typefaces from multiple manufacturers presented in a systematic way.
  • Includes typefaces both old and new, all the classics of the art of printing, if they are available digitally, as well as recent font releases.
  • A type encyclopedia with carefully researched notes on type designers, year of publication, similar fonts, and additional language versions.
I have a copy of the last edition of this catalog, and still use it, although I need to also look in updates (and other sources) to keep track of newer font releases. This edition, 32,000 type samples, claims to be much improved (less clutter, more cross-references, better specimens), and the book looks very desirable to me — despite its monster cost of $100 U.S.

The site includes PDFs of the introduction and samples from the other chapters so you can see how it is laid out and get a sense of what is included.

No online ordering — the “buy” page suggests you contact your local FontShop.

More information (and the PDFs) at the fontboook.com site.

Oh, fair warning — a moderately awful web site, with a giant Flash entry. The links I provided ought to get you past the worst of that, however

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