Jewels in Her Crown: Treasures of Columbia University Libraries Special Collections

Exhibition Themes > Art & Architecture > 55. Albrecht Dürer

55.  Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).  Underweysung der Messung. Nuremberg: Hieronymus Andreae, 1525. RBML, Book Arts Collection

Best known of the books on the geometry of letterforms is Dürer's Unterweysung der Messung (A Course on the Art of Measurement). The text is printed in a form of blackletter known as Fraktur. The book presents the principles of perspective developed in Renaissance Italy, applying them to architecture, painting, and lettering. Dürer's designs of roman capital letters demonstrate how they can be created using a compass and straightedge.

Purchased with the American Type Founders Company Library & Museum, 1941

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