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“For a type nerd, the only thing missing from Scripts
is a centerfold of voluptuous Spencerian. . . . About ninety percent of
the book is images, glorious images.” ―Communication
Arts

Seen in everything from wedding invitations and
birth announcements to IOUs, menus, and diplomas, script typefaces
impart elegance and sophistication to a broad variety of texts. Scripts
never go out of style, and the hundreds of inventive examples here are
sure to inspire today’s designers. Derived from handwriting, these are
typefaces that are stylized to suggest, imply, or symbolize certain
traits linked to writing. Their fundamental characteristic is that all
the letters, more or less, touch those before and after. Drawn from the
Golden Age of scripts, from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century,
this is the first compilation of popular, rare, and forgotten scripts
from the United States, Germany, France, England, and Italy. Featuring
examples from a vast spectrum of sources―advertisements, street signs,
type-specimen books, and personal letters―this book is a delightful and
invaluable trove of longoverlooked material. 275 illustrations, 254 in
color

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Reviews for Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age:

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Jun 10, 2011

When I was little I developed a fascination with Holy Cards. I collected them like my brother collected baseball cards. Looking back I realize now it was more an indication of my obsession with design rather than a study of the saints. Everything about them was beautiful to me, especially the type setting on the back. How I longed to write with that kind of delicate flourish.

What's the point of this story? None other than this book is a collection of script typefaces and is almost as beautiful When I was little I developed a fascination with Holy Cards. I collected them like my brother collected baseball cards. Looking back I realize now it was more an indication of my obsession with design rather than a study of the saints. Everything about them was beautiful to me, especially the type setting on the back. How I longed to write with that kind of delicate flourish.

What's the point of this story? None other than this book is a collection of script typefaces and is almost as beautiful as those old holy cards. ...more
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Oct 17, 2011

This book is seriously beautiful, and unlike Just My Type: A Book about Fonts, almost 100% visual. I know scripts and fonts are not quite the same thing, but this would be a great gift for anyone who likes either, or just plain eye candy and ads from another era.
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Jul 08, 2013

Great reference for anyone interested in typography and graphic design in general. I'm an illustrator interested in hand lettering and calligraphy, and this book has come in handy. Even though the collection is made up of mostly sources from the past century, it is not difficult to adapt them for contemporary use.
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Dec 04, 2014

This is a beautiful book for anyone who loves type, design and calligraphy. So inspiring and lovely to flip through or study . This is a great book to set out on your coffee table and enjoy! would make a beautiful gift. it certainly made me more aware of looking at all the print, signage, type, labelling, and advertising I come across in my daily life. Loved, loved, loved it!
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Mar 26, 2013

This book was pure eye candy if you are a font enthusiast, if you enjoy lovely design, handwriting and vintage products and especially if you're fascinated by various cultures' (French, British, German, Italian, American) versions of those things.
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Dec 07, 2012

Lots of eye candy! Not only the scripts, but also the gorgeous ephemera they're printed on.
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Mar 01, 2017

There is nothing more perfect than the beautiful swirl of elegant script. This is a lost art form that will probably not exist in the next few years, except on computer fonts. It is such a shame.
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Feb 12, 2019

One of the best calligraphy reference books I own which I keep coming back to.
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Jan 28, 2013

Not a ton of information here, but what there is is great, and the photos/illustrations more than make up for it. Amazing collection of lettering & vintage ephemera. Gorgeous. I will be returning to this often.
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May 18, 2014

This is such a beautifully designed book. Its giving me a lot of inspiration for calligraphy ideas
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Jul 25, 2013

A beautiful collection of script typography. Great for those days when inspiration is lacking.

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