Typography: A Manual of Design by Emil Ruder, 1st ed., 1967. Arthur Niggli Ltd., Teufen, Switzerland. 9.25 x 9.75, pp. 274 with German, English and French text. Printed in Switzerland. Layout and jacket design by Emil Ruder, SWB, Basle.
Ruder’s seminal book on every conceivable typographic problem in relation to texture, weight, color, legibility, spacing and leading is explained. Introduction by the author with eighteen chapters including: Writing and printing; Function and form; Form and counter-form; The techniques of typography; Arrangements; Geometrical, optical and organic aspects; Proportions; Point, line and surface; Contrasts; Shades of grey; Color; Unity of text and form; Rhythm; Spontaneity and fortuity; Integral design; Variations; Kinetics and Lettering and illustration.
Heavily illustrated (many full-page) in black and white with spots of red, yellow and blue from studies executed by the author or in the Typography Course at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule Basel where Ruder taught since 1942. Ruder’s book is a testament to his influential teaching; part philosophy, theory and a practical and experimental methodology. Photographs by Armin Hofmann, Werner Blaser and André Gürtler.
A fine white hardcover and nearly fine dust jacket with only light soiling to the covers and a few marks to the spine, a tiny tear to the front bottom right of the jacket and chip to the bottom of the spine. A superb copy!