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Typographic Specimen Book

Shrifty dlia nadpisei na chertezhakh [Fonts for lettering on technical drawings]. Edited by V. O. Gordon.

Tbilisi: Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel'stvo "Tsodna", 1960. Oblong quarto (22 × 30 cm). Original cloth-backed boards with embossed title; 46 pp. followed by 82 plates. Light chipping on the edges of the cover boards; a visible stain on cloth of the spine; light moisture staining on the first few pages not affecting text and without significant discoloration; light wear to spine; all illustration plates in fine condition; overall still good.

An album published for the use of people who do technical drawings and must use special, unified letters for inscriptions and titles on the drawings. The introduction by the author speaks about the importance of clear and neat handwriting and points to a state-wide standard in the Soviet Union for the font in the technical drawings of machine construction, accepted in 1952. That standard offered examples of writing letters from Cyrillic, Latin, Greek alphabets along with Arabic numbers, marked by “satisfactory beauty, clarity, readability and ease of execution.” This album from 1960 offers an addition to the earlier state standard by offering the standardized examples of writing characters of the Georgian alphabet. This addition is deemed by the author as urgent and necessary, as the Georgian republic was in the process of the expansion of its industrial centers and thus was in need of the large numbers of technical drawings.

The album opens with two plates with examples of inscriptions on technical drawings in the eighteenth century: the factory steam engine in Russian and drawings of towers for David Gareja Monastery in Kakheti region in Georgian. The following sections offer detailed and measured examples of Russian and Georgian letters, along with Greek and Latin characters and Arabic numbers, in various sizes of fonts, styles, uppercase and lowercase letters, and italic fonts. The album also offers drawings of the tools and accessories to execute labels for technical drawings, such as drawing glass tubes, stencils, and pens and how to properly hold them. On the concluding pages, a brief history of fonts and especially fonts for technical drawings in Russia and Georgia is provided. Second (?) edition, first published in 1957.

As of May 2023, KVK, OCLC show three copies of the 1957 edition in North America.

Book ID: 52498

Price: $300.00