A short trip to Edinburgh last week revealed some wonderful examples of lettering. Expecting rain all week I foolishly left my camera at home, so had to make do with the gubbins on my phone. A return trip is due, I think, and a chance to do a more extensive survey in this extraordinarily beautiful city.
A Lancaster Alphabet: Letterforms from the Stones of the City, is a study of Lancaster’s hidden architectural lettering that uses these often neglected and largely unseen elements to explore the social history of the urban environment. The twenty-six letters of the alphabet span almost 1800 years of Lancaster’s history, with each letter and its location providing insights into the development of Lancaster’s industry and socio-political development, as well as discussion of the design features of the letters themselves and reproductions of historical documents.
Printed on Fedrigoni stocks, perfect bound and stitched, with a dust cover, the work was part of a two year study of architectural lettering in the the city. The book includes photographs of each of the twenty-six letterforms, a guide map to their location, and a glossary of architectural and design terms.
“An elegant volume it celebrates the architectural and commenorative lettering of Simon’s adopted city. Each letter of the alphabet is represented with its own spread showing where it was found and the social/design back-story to its location.”
Richard Weston, Acejet170
A Lancaster Alphabet: Letterforms from the Stones of the City is available online at Fast Foot Press, or from Waterstones, King Street, Lancaster. Price £11.99.