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121. Your P's and Q's.

psqs.jpgA colleague of mine introduced me to this great resource - a 1923 edition of P's and Q's - A Book on the Art of Letter Arrangement, by Sallie B. Tannahill. (A former teacher of lettering at Columbia University and a friend of Vojtech Preissig – the Czech typographer and book designer – whose work gets sampled frequently throughout the book.)

The goal of P's and Q's is to show the infinite variation and approach to letter design through an artistic lens via examples. In the introduction Tannahill states, "Well-selected letters, drawn with force and quality, arranged in good proportion, tone and color, and grouped . . . may be as fine and as complete as (any) design." My version of the book is badly in need of repair (notice the 'discard' stamp on the inside cover,) but I still posted scans of the entire Part I (chapters 1-4) on flickr, here. If there is enough demand, I'll post the other Parts. I hope you enjoy this resource as much as I have.

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Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful resource! It comes from a period I have always loved stylistically. Since it is currently unavailable ... could you pleasepleaseplease share the rest of it with us? Would be v. nice.

Thanks again,

September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHornCologne
Thanks, I really like this kind of old knowledge, plus the book it's beautiful, add my vote to posting the other parts
September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMenor
Awesome! would love to see the rest..
September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark
Wow, this is really neat. I've bookmarked it for later and deep perusal. I'd love to see the other chapters, but not at the expense of the book.
September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCapnMarrrrk
please keep scanning! i love this book!
September 24, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterevilelka
Please, please, please! How could anyone resist seeing all of this book?
September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew
Any way you could release these scans (hi-res) as a PDF for download?
September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBrian
Thank you, what great book, please scan more if you can.
September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFaz Choudhury
This is so cool! I'd love to be able to download a PDF of it or something.
September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTim
Wow - thanks for all the kind words.

I think making an e-book/pdf out of it makes a great deal of sense. I'll definitely keep scanning and will take a look at doing that.

Again, thanks for all the comments.

September 24, 2007 | Registered Commenterjj
What HornCologne said...
September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterVince
Please keep posting the scans, it's a great source of inspiration! Thank you for your job!
September 24, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterglebis
I'm completely mesmerized by this book. So much so that I hunted down and ordered a copy ;) Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

And by all means, do scan the rest of the book. A PDF would be great, or a single archive containing all the hi-res scans.
September 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNabit
Since this book is this old, you could upload the scans of all sides to wikisource. Then it is in the public for all times and maybe will be translated into other languages.
December 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSvonHalenbach
3 years later, your flickr is now "private". So sad. It seems to be the only version of P's and Q's on the web.
October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia
Claudia - I'll see what I can do to fix that. Thanks for the notice. :)
October 10, 2010 | Registered Commenterjj
February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunil Ranjhan

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