“Directions for the Construction of the Text” — Albrecht Dürer

Originally posted on Biblioklept:

A to D
E to L
M to P
Q to V
X to Z

“Directions for the Construction of the Text” —  Albrecht Dürer

(From  Of the  Just Shaping of Letters).

THE letters which are usually called “text,” or quadrate, it was formerly customary so to write, although they are now imitated by the new art, as presently I shall show below. Although the alphabet begins with the writing of A, yet shall I (not needlessly) in the first place undertake to draw an I; because almost all the other letters are formed after this letter, although always something has to be added to it or taken away.

First make your I of equal squares, of which three are properly set one over the other; and the top of the top one, and the bottom of the bottom one, divide in two points, that is to say, into three equal parts: then set a square equal to the others in an oblique manner…

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