Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age

May 9, 2011 on 10:50 am | By | In News, Notes | 4 Comments

Sunday I picked up a book at Hennessey + Ingalls (my local bookseller), and I spent the day marveling at the treasure trove of typographic gems it contains. The book is “Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age” by the dynamic duo of Steven Heller and Louise Fili.

If you’re like me, and love type—especially vintage scripts—you must get this book. The culmination of over 30 years of digging through swap meets, flea markets and antiquarian bookstores, it is a priceless collection of ephemera by two passionate collectors.

The book’s 352 pages are filled with well over 300 examples from around the globe, from advertising to street signs, from type specimens to invitations and personal letters, spanning the period from the 19th to the mid-20th century. I could spend days poring over this book. It is as rich a collection of typographic material as I have seen in years—and much of it I have never seen before. I LOVE this book!

The book is readily available from, but (personal note) why not shop locally and check out the book in person at your nearby (non-chain) bookstore? You might pay a few dollars more, and it might not be as “convenient”, but in this day and age wouldn’t it be worth it to give them your support?


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  1. […] lettering background on the Design Observer blog. For another take, read Michael Doret’s review of the book on his Alphabet Soup […]

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  2. She is AMAZING (fili).

    She just did the new SVA subway poster and it’s great. I LOVE her work

    Comment by Lauren — November 25, 2011 #

  3. I added this book to my library recently (thanks Vroman’s). What a great reference! I had to hide for a few days or nothing would get done.

    Comment by Alex — June 30, 2011 #

  4. Wow. Looks great, Michael. Thanks for passing along your great find.

    Comment by Andy — June 6, 2011 #

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