The Elements of Typographic Style : Version 4.0

The Elements of Typographic Style : Version 4.0
Author: Robert Bringhurst
Rating: 4.25
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Publisher: Hartley & Marks Publishers
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: None
Pages: 398
Hours of reading: 6.6 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 24,33 €

About the book

Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide. Combining the practical, theoretical, and historical, this edition is completely updated, with a thorough revision and updating of the longest chapter, Prowling the Specimen Books, and many other small but important updates based on things that are continually changing in the field.




A classic in the field. -- Library Journal

Robert Bringhurst Biography

Robert Bringhurst (born 16 October 1946) is a Canadian poet, typographer and author. He has translated substantial works from Haida and Navajo and from classical Greek and Arabic. He wrote The Elements of Typographic Style, a reference book of typefaces, glyphs and the visual and geometric arrangement of type. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in June 2013.He lives on Quadra Island, near Campbell River, British Columbia (approximately 170 km northwest of Vancouver) with his wife, Jan Zwicky, a poet and philosopher.


Bringhurst was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Alberta, and British Columbia. He studied architecture, linguistics, and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and comparative literature and philosophy at the University of Utah. He holds a BA from Indiana University (1973) and an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia (1975). In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Fraser Valley, and in 2016 was awarded a Doctor of Letters (hon. causa) by Simon Fraser University.Bringhurst taught literature, art history and history of typography at several universities and held fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the American Philosophical Society, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Literary career

His 1992 publication, The Elements of Typographic Style was praised as "the finest book ever written about typography" by the type designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones. A collection of his poetry, The Beauty of the Weapons, was short-listed for a Governor General's Award in 1982, and A Story as Sharp as a Knife, his work on Haida symbolism, was nominated for a Governor General's Award in 2000. Bringhurst won the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence in 2005, an award which recognizes British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the Province.

Work in Haida

Bringhurst has a strong interest in linguistics, translating works from classical Greek, Arabic, Navajo, and, most significantly, Haida. His interest in Haida culture stems from his friendship and close association with the influential Haida artist Bill Reid, with whom he wrote The Raven Steals the Light in 1984, among several other significant collaborations. It was this friendship that in 1987 "started Bringhurst on the philanthropic endeavour of recording the Haida canon". The result of this labour was a trilogy of works collectively titled Masterworks of the Classical Haida Mythtellers. The essays in its first volume, A Story As Sharp As A Knife, and particularly its nineteenth chapter, "The Prosody of Meaning," constitute an important contribution to the understanding of the poetics of oral literatures. His translations from Haida have been viewed as an attempt to preserve the Haida culture, which i ... Read full biography

Authors: Robert Bringhurst
Publisher: Hartley & Marks Publishers
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780881792126
ISBN10: 0881792128
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Edition Statement: 4th -20th Anniversary ed.
Illustrations: Line drawings, black and white
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Book Format: Paperback
Book Binding: None
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Pages: 398
Book Weight: 567
Book Dimensions: 135x231x23
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Publication date: Jan. 15, 2013
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Publication City/Country: Seattle, WA, United States

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