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Type Foundries of America and Their Catalogs

Baltimore : Maran Print. Services, 1975.

Printing Types of the World

London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1931

How Typography Works (and Why It Is Important)

London: Lund Humphries Publishers, 1988.

From Mechanical to Cybernetic Exercises

New York: The Typophiles, 1997.

Chronik der Schriftgießereien in Deutschland und den deutschsprachigen Nachbarländern. Bearbeitet von Friedrich Bauer, Offenbach am Main 1928. Mit Ergänzungen und Nachträgen von Hans Reichardt

Frankfurt am Main: Hans Reichardt, 2011. [PDF]

The Encyclopedia of Phototype Styles

Chicago: Castcraft Industries Inc., 1978.

Contains about 5,000 typefaces for phototypesetting, shown with full glyph sets. Started by the company’s founder David L. Kreiter (1915–1975) and completed by his brothers.

A Portfolio of Display Typefaces

Third Edition. Wilmington, Massachusetts: Compugraphic Corporation, September 1976.

A Portfolio of Text Typefaces

Fourth Edition. Wilmington, Massachusetts: Compugraphic Corporation, June 1977.

Faces from Letraset: The story of the display typeface collection

London: eLexicons Limited, 2016.

[ISTD Shop]

VGC Typefaces

Montreal: Luc Devroye, ?–Present.

A list of typefaces by VGC. Started by Tim Ryan and later managed by Grant Hutchinson. With additions by Freddy Nader.

Face Typebook

London: Face Photosetting, n.d.

Index mentions “New Additions 1970”. Three ring binders in landscape format (Index and A–C, C–M, M–Z).

Caracteres de Photocompostion / Caracteres de Phototitrage

Paris: Face Photosetting France, 1987.

Oversized, two-volume, softcover set with black wrappers in black slipcase.


London: Face Photosetting, n.d.

350+ pages, ring binding. Dated c. 1981 based on the inclusion of Javelin, Shakespeare, Stars ’n Bars, V&A, and Zip as “Fresh Faces”. These are also shown in Modern Publicity 1982.

Filmomaster Type and Lettering Styles

Skokie, Illinois: Alphatype Corporation Filmotype Divison, n.d.

38 pages. Dated c. 1974 based on the inclusion of ITC American Typewriter (1974) under “New additions”.

Lettering Styles Display Types

New York: Filmotype Sales Company, 1955. [Scan of selected pages]

264 typefaces listed.

Type Specimen

Hamden, Connecticut: Southern New England Typographic Service, n.d. [Scan, photos]

Includes a section titled “Filmotype Lettering” with 364 styles from the Filmotype library. Dated c. 1958 based on text samples that mention “1958” (p. 10) and “Ford ’58” (p. 26).

Formatt Cut-Out Acetate Graphic Art Aids: Catalog No. 5

Rolling Meadows, Illinois: Graphic Products Corporation, 1974.

Formatt Cut-Out Acetate Graphic Art Aids & Formaline Charting Graphic Art Tapes: Catalog No. 6

Rolling Meadows, Illinois: Graphic Products Corporation, 1978.

Die Schriften des Fotosatzes

Gesamtschriftmuster der Fürst Spezialbetriebe für Satzherstellung in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/M. Fürst, n.d.

Title page: “Alle Fotosatz Schriften 1/75”.

Der Welt schönste Schriften. Gesamtschriftmuster des Fotosatzes der Fürst Spezialbetriebe für Satzherstellung

Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt/Main: Fürst, n.d.

Dated c. 1976 based on the inclusion of AG Buch Rounded fett (p. 2.004, marked as new), which is dated 1976 in Gorissen 1982. Text samples mention “1976” twice (p. 3.010, 3.036), and quote the lyrics of “Aber bitte mit Sahne” from June 1976.

Berthold Fototypes E1

München: Callwey, June 1974.

Berthold Fototypes E2. Vol. 1. Body Types: Synopsis, Katalog, Layouts; (577 Type Faces)

Berlin: Berthold; München: Callwey, 1980.

Berthold Headlines E3: 1400 Headline faces arranged according to similarity

Berlin: Berthold; München: Callwey, 1982.

Nineteenth Century Ornamented Typefaces

London: Faber & Faber, 1976. Originally published as XIXth Century Ornamented Types & Title Pages in 1938 and reprinted in 1951.

See also the chart with additional information by the Type Heritage Project.

Detail in Typography

London: Hyphen Press, 2008.

Encyclopedia of Typefaces

Fifth Edition. London: Cassell Illustrated, 2008

Fraktur: Forum und Geschichte der gebrochenen Schriften

Mainz: Verlag Hermann Schmidt, 1993.

American Wood Type, 1828–1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types

New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1969.

Berthold Types

Berlin: H. Berthold AG, 1988.

Four volumes (A–B, C–F, G–N, O–Z).


Frankfurt am Main: Letraset Deutschland GmbH, 1976.

Letraset Handbuch Graphik Design

Frankfurt am Main: Letraset Deutschland GmbH, 1980.

“1981/82” on cover, “©1980” on title page.

Letraset Handbuch Graphik Design

Frankfurt am Main: Letraset Deutschland GmbH, 1983.

Letraset Handbuch 87/88

Frankfurt am Main: Letraset Deutschland GmbH, 1987.

The World of Letraset Products

Paramus, NJ: Esselte Letraset, 1994.

Lettera. A standard book of fine lettering

Teufen, AR: Arthur Niggli Ltd., 1954.

Lettera 2. A standard book of fine lettering

Teufen, AR: Arthur Niggli Ltd., 1961.

First published in 1961 with a purple jacket. The 5th edition from 1976 with a light blue cover is completely revised: “Of the original 38 alphabets 19 have survived the test of time, 7 have had to be revised, and 11 were eliminated. To the existing stock 38 alphabets have been added [for] a total of 64 alphabets.”

Lettera 3. A standard book of fine lettering

Teufen, AR: Arthur Niggli Ltd., 1968.

Lettera 4. A standard book of fine lettering

Teufen, AR: Arthur Niggli Ltd., 1972.

“Do a Comp” 1 Custom

Culver City, California: Lettergraphics International Inc., 1968.

Dated based on the “Copyright 1968” statement on the cover. Some of the shown faces might be of a later date, as this fan contains faces that aren’t shown in another edition dated 1969, see e.g. Bentley, MS Bold.

The Complete Lettergraphics Library

Culver City, California: Lettergraphics International Inc., 1976.

Nineteenth-Century American Designers and Engravers of Type

Edited by Alastair M. Johnston and Stephen O. Saxe. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2009.

Circuitous Root

Mineral Point, WI, 2008–Present.

An A–Z of Type Designers

London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd, 2006.

American Metal Typefaces of the Twentieth Century

Second, Revised Edition. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Books, 1993.


Le Perray-en-Yvelines: Mecanorma, 1970.

Includes 131 styles.

Mecanorma Graphic Products

Morristown, New Jersey: Keuffel & Esser Co., 1973, 1974.

Mecanorma 7

Versailles: Mecanorma, n.d.

Page 17 mentions “1975”. Includes 248 styles.

Mecanorma Graphic Book

Le Perray-en-Yvelines: Mecanorma, n.d.

Purple halftone cover. Code on last page: “91.79.7 Anglais”. Mentions “introduction of latest car models” and shows cars released in mid-1970s. Includes 244 styles.

Mecanorma Graphic Book 9

Versailles: Mecanorma, 1980.

Includes 283 styles.

Mecanorma Graphic Book 12

Versailles: Mecanorma, 1986.

Includes 510 styles.

Mecanorma Graphic Book 14

Versailles: Mecanorma, 1988.

Apparently the last comprehensive catalog by the French manufacturer of dry transfer lettering. Includes 605 styles.

A.T.A. Type Comparison Book

Advertising Typographers Association of America, 1965.

Dutch Type

Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2004.

American Proprietary Typefaces

New York: American Printing History Association, 1998.

Homage to the Alphabet

Second Edition. Rockport, Massachusetts: Rockport Publishers Inc., 1985.

List of Typefaces 1970

London: Photoscript, 1970.

1964 Alphabet Supplement

A collection of new designs added since publication of our Alphabet Thesaurus, supplements 1961, 1962, 1963 and the Xenotypes. New York: 1964.

Alphabet Thesaurus, Vol. 2: A Treasury of Letter Designs

Edward Rondthaler (editor). New York: Reinhold Publishing Corp., 1965.

This comprehensive catalog includes every style in Photo-Lettering’s library up to that date.

Photo-Lettering's One Line Manual of Styles: Index to Alphabet Thesaurus Vol. 3, 2, 1

New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1971.

International Index of Hot-Metal Typefaces

Frankfurt am Main, 2011.

A comprehensive catalog of metal typefaces (for manual and machine composition) known in the 20th century, including older designs. Merges info from Wetzig, Jaspert/Berry/Johnson, and McGrew, with additions from other sources.

Übersicht der internationalen Schriftdesigner

Oberneisen, ?–Present.

A list of type designers with links to background information in pdf format, researched and compiled by Hans Reichardt. Includes 10,965 designers as of Sep. 2021.

Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story

New York: Blue Pencil Editions, 2009.

Art Nouveau Display Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts

New York: Dover Publications, 1976.

Special Effects and Topical Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts

New York: Dover Publications, 1978.

Solopedia: The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces

Abfonts (alt.binaries.fonts), 2012–2015.

A catalog of digital equivalents of typefaces shown in the Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces (1992) as well as in the various alphabet books authored by Dan X. Solo, the digital fonts from the CDs that came with the alphabet books, and fonts digitized by Solo from his collection of metal types. Includes many freebies and unauthorized digitizations of mixed quality. Doesn’t include information about the original designer or foundry.

The Solotype Catalog of 4,417 Display Typefaces

New York: Dover Publications, 1992. [Scan]

New Alphabets A to Z

London: Lund Humphries, 1973.

The Type Heritage Project

Abington, PA, c. 2011–Present.

Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design

Boston: David R. Godine, 1986.

Selection. Ausgabe Mai 1973

Düsseldorf: Typeshop, 1973

Stated 5th edition, May 1973. 164 pages.


No place [Düsseldorf]: Typeshop, n.d.

Catalog for the Headlines range by phototypesetting chain Typeshop. Various printings with different covers and appendices, c. 370–390 pages. Dated c. 1977 based on the included typefaces (Poppl Residenz, Poppl Leporello, Wiegands Baroque; all 1977) as well as missing ones (Media Light, ITC Cheltenham Light, Wiegands Renaissance; all 1978 according to Gorissen 1982).


Offenbach, 1905–1961. [Scan]

Card index of the Verein der Schriftgießereien, the association of German type foundries (1903–1972). Members registered new typefaces by sending a proof of the glyph set. Comprises more than 1,300 cards.

VGC Phototypositor Typeface Directory

New York: Visual Graphics Corporation, 1972.

Shows one-line samples for more than 1,200 film typefaces available for the Photo Typositor, including those reproduced from the T.J. Lyons Antique Type Collection and “many handlettered designs” (copied from Filmotype). [Scan]

The World-Famous Photo Typositor Alphabet Library

Tamarac, Florida: Visual Graphics Corporation, 1973.

VGC Alphabet Library One Liner

Tamarac: Visual Graphics Corporation, 1982.

Modern Encyclopedia of Typefaces 1960–90

London: Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd., 1990. [Scan]

Der Typograph Hermann Zapf: Eine Werkbiographie

Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2015.

Handbuch der Schriftarten: Eine Zusammenstellung der Schriften der Schriftgießereien deutscher Zunge nach Gattungen geordnet

Leipzig: Albrecht Seemann Verlag, [1926]. With seven addenda for the years 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931–32, 1933–35, 1936–37, and 1938–39. [Scan]