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A facsimile edition of an unpublished masterpiece of calligraphy and painting by Hermann Zapf.
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Hermann Zapf: 8 November 1918 – 4 June 2015

Posted by The Kelly-Winterton Press (Creator)

It is with deep sorrow that we report that Hermann Zapf passed away peacefully at home last night, at the age of 96. We have lost a great artist whose work touched hundreds of millions – if not billions – of people around the world. Edward Johnston, the father of modern calligraphy wrote about a hundred years ago that “Our aim should be, I think, to make letters live... that men themselves may have more life.” Surely no one has done this to a higher level, and reached more people with their beautiful letters, than Hermann Zapf.

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    1. Rose Toyoko Kon on

      I fell in love to Optima more than twenty years ago. Soon interest in Latin fonts came sprung to me. I was very happy whenever I used his fonts in my book design. Aldus nova always helps me to spread my ideas. I’m saying “Arigato gozaimashita (thank you).” from bottom of my heart.

    2. Peter Fraterdeus on

      Thanks for making this beautiful memorial to Prof. Zapf
      I am grateful that I had the opportunity to study with him at RIT in the 1980s, and will forever treasure the insights and knowledge received.

    3. SooHyen Park on

      Deep & sincere condolences to his loved ones. He will be a master forever in my book.

    4. Sally Smith Wightkin on

      So sad to hear. How wonderful, however, that this project was realized before he passed. I am grateful that he was willing to share this most intimate of work with the rest of us. My sympathies to his family and friends.

    5. Howard Kistler

      I'm sorry to hear that. This project is now even more relevant, because it further helped him see how deep was the impact his work had on people, and how great is the esteem with which he was still held.