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Geometry of Type > Dürer

ALBRECHT DÜRER, 1471 - 1528
Underwysung der Messung
Nuremberg: 1525

Best known of the books on the geometry of letters is Dürer's Unterweysung der Messung [A Course on the Art of Measurement]. The text is printed in a form of textura, a black letter style. 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, shown here, demonstrate how they can be created using geometrical aids.

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