Rudolf Koch - construction of Roman Capitals

miles's picture

I used to have Koch book that showed his construction diagrams of Roman capitals.
I have lost this book and wonder if any of you have it and could scan them for me.

any help appreciated

miles

hrant's picture

Hey Miles.
What's the book called?
How much time do you have?

hhp

miles's picture

probably 'Das Schreibbuchlein'.
I've always plenty of time.

hrant's picture

I'll see what I can do - but it might take me a while.
In the meantime you might try asking the folks at P22.

hhp

miles's picture

cheers Hrant

miles's picture

this is part of what I'm looking for

hrant's picture

Miles, it's looking like I'll be picking up the book on Wednesday.

hhp

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Miles, I believe some of these drawings are reproduced in Walter Tracy's book Letters of Credit. David R. Godine's paperback edition even has some of them on the cover.

Bleisetzer's picture

He,hee...

Just found on Ebay Germany:

http://cgi.ebay.de/Rudolf-KOCH-Fritz-KREDEL-Das-Schreibbuechlein-1935_W0...

Good luck.

Georg

hrant's picture

Miles, once in a while the UCLA library will mess up. Today was such a case: they didn't process my request so the book (which is stored at an off-library archive) was not there for me to pick up. It will be there from tomorrow, but I'm not sure how soon I'll get back there. Eventually (maybe even as soon as the end of this month) I will get it though.

But in the meantime if you plan on picking up that copy on auction let me know.

hhp

ChuckGroth's picture

Bleisetzer -
i checked out the ebay germany site. very interesting. how much is 2,50 e? is this a good deal?

hrant's picture

It's 4.99 Euro plus 2.5 Euro shipping*. That's about ten bucks.** Good deal?
Very, I'd say. But that IS the starting price. And I can't tell if there's a reserve.

* To an address in Germany it seems.

** http://www.xe.com

hhp

hrant's picture

Miles, I *finally* got my hands on it! (And it's luscious.)
It's been ~1.5 years so let me know if you still need it.

hhp

Maxim Zhukov's picture

[the] Koch book that showed his construction diagrams of Roman capitals

What is the customary English term for those ‘construction diagrams’? In Russian they are called полиграммы (poligrammy)…
How old are polygrams? Of course, that was not Rudolf Koch who invented them. What is the earliest polygram on record? Have there been any Renaissance treatises on the construction of letters using polygrams?

hrant's picture

Perhaps Geoffroy Tory made some?

hhp

Maxim Zhukov's picture

Actually, he did:Sure enough, les lettres entrelacées don’t count as polygrams (they are monograms). And again, was that Tory who invented polygrams?

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