Hermann Zapf & the World He Designed
A comprehensive biography of the calligrapher, type designer, and typographer Hermann Zapf
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Calligrapher, type designer, and typographer Hermann Zapf towers over twentieth century lettering arts. Over a 70 year career, he designed more than 200 typefaces, many of which have become a part of our everyday experiences. In Hermann Zapf and the World He Designed, Jerry Kelly, Zapf’s friend and colleague of almost 40 years, traces the artist’s life from his youth in Nuremberg to his retirement in Darmstadt. Scrupulously researched at the Hermann Zapf archive in the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel and at the Cary Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and enriched by decades of conversations with Zapf and his associates, the book details Zapf’s experiences with type companies, printers, publishers and colleagues. It explores his modern design aesthetic and engagement with the staggering technological advances of typography during the twentieth century. Featuring rarities and never-before-seen works and photos, it also includes definitive lists of Zapf’s type designs and major calligraphic works. However, Hermann Zapf and the World He Designed is more than an in-depth appreciation of Zapf’s work, it is about his work in relation to his life, because, as Kelly notes, “...you can’t separate the two.”
Like Garamond and Baskerville before him, Hermann Zapf did things differently and changed the course of the fields in which he worked. His first international recognition came with his Palatino typeface (1949), a modern design which showed Zapf’s prodigious skill as well as his novel take on classic letterforms. Many other successful typeface designs followed, all of which showed the same mastery and fresh approach, including Michelangelo, Virtuosa, Melior, the revolutionary Optima type, Zapf Chancery, Zapf Dingbats and Zapfino. Five of these are included on the Apple Macintosh operating system today.
Zapf’s calligraphic work has influenced several generations of contemporary scribes. His alphabet designs for Pen and Graver, rendering of the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations, and unique sgraffito panels stand among the masterpieces of twentieth century calligraphy.
Book design was a significant part of Zapf's career, though it is probably the least well-known of Zapf's activities in the graphic arts. He created over a dozen manuscript books and designed over 600 trade publications, mostly for German publishers. With book design work Zapf often combined his own types with his calligraphy in a wide variety of layouts, a large proportion of which were chosen for the annual "Best Books of the Year" design competitions in Germany.
- 6-1/8 x 9-3/8 inches.
- Sewn binding in imported cloth, stamped in gold on the front and spine.
- Printed on archival paper.
- Over 350 pages.
- More than 400 illustrations
- High quality printing in color throughout
SIGNED LIMITED EDITION
Same as above, signed by the author, slipcased, with an additional specimen sheet of Hermann Zapf type faces printed letterpress from the foundry metal fonts.
Limited to 99 copies for sale.
Same as signed edition, plus the following items documenting Zapf’s life and work:
- Original prospectus for the 1954 Manuale Typographicum
- Original Zapf New Year’s greeting card (cards will vary between copies)
- Color print produced by Zapf of his Goethe sgraffito panel
- Color reproductions of Zapf dust jackets printed for the journal Matrix
- Linotype booklet on Hermann and Gudrun Zapf typefaces
- Brochure designed by Zapf about his design of the RIT Press Publishing Center windows
- Re-creation of an early Palatino type specimen, printed letterpress by Amelia Hugill-Fontanel
- Gilgengart specimen from the deluxe issue of About More Alphabets
- Broadside designed by Zapf set in metal Virtuosa type and printed letterpress
- 4 pages from the letterpress type specimen designed by Robert Bringhurst for his book on Palatino type
- Special handmade paper for Poetry Through Typography, with letters embedded
- Announcement of Hermann Zapf's passing, set in Sistina and Palatino and printed letterpress
- Invitation to the Zapf Memorial at The Grolier Club, New York
Limited to only 6 copies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Twenty-three-year-old Jerry Kelly met Hermann Zapf at the latter’s first summer calligraphy class in Rochester, NY, in 1979. Through a serendipitous coincidence of flights and delays, they spent time together in Kelly’s home in Queens, NY, where Zapf was surprised to see Kelly’s already burgeoning collection of books designed by Zapf. During the next thirty-six years, Kelly and Zapf corresponded regularly, and they would have dinner together whenever Zapf was in New York, with Kelly peppering his mentor with questions about his life and work. These conversations, as well as many more at Zapf’s home in Darmstadt and elsewhere in Europe, together with conversations Kelly had through the years with over fifty of Zapf’s friends and associates, are key sources for Hermann Zapf and the World He Designed.
An award-winning book designer, type designer, calligrapher, as well as a letterpress printer himself, Kelly is well acquainted with the essentials of all these fields. As a recognized authority on type history, he sees Hermann Zapf in context to the artistic accomplishments and technical developments of the times in which Zapf lived.
Jerry Kelly has decades of experience producing finely printed volumes for The Pierpont Morgan Library, The Grolier Club, International Typeface Corporation, The Frick Collection, The Amon Carter Museum, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and many others. He is the author of The Art of the Book in the Twentieth Century (RIT), The Noblest Roman: The Centaur Type of Bruce Rogers (with Misha Beletsky, Godine, winner of the St Louis Mercantile Society Prize for best work on a bibliographical subject), The Calligraphy Revival (The Grolier Club), The Art of the Type Specimen in the Twentieth Century (ITC), About More Alphabets (The Typophiles), and numerous other books and articles. In addition, he has lectured and taught widely. In 2016 Kelly was presented with the Goudy Award from RIT; the first Goudy Award was given to Hermann Zapf in 1968.
ABOUT THE PRESS
Kelly-Winterton Press has published numerous volumes since 1977, including Poetry Through Typography produced in collaboration with Hermann Zapf. It has successfully completed and delivered two Kickstarter products: The Sketchbooks of Hermann Zapf and The Calligraphy of Alice.
Risks and challenges
The Kelly-Winterton Press is excited to take on the challenges of producing a special volume on another important facet of the letter arts. Having produced two successful Kickstarter publications, as well as hundreds of other books, we are confident we can meet the demands of this comprehensive biography of a modern master.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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