Something to appeal to the designer in all of us, the Retro Fonts book and CD by Gregor Stawinski.
The book is the focal point here, an exhaustive look at classic and vintage fonts, over 400 dating from 1830 to the end of the 20th century. All are shown in the style of old type specimen books as alphabets with sample words/phrases, shown opposite classic examples of the fonts in use in historical context. From Art Deco, Bauhaus and Swiss through to Sixties, Disco and Punk, they're all here.
All are arranged chronologically into eight sections, complete with an introduction discussing the typography of that era and another valuable bonus – that free CD. Yes, not just a book, you also get a shiny CD packed with 222 copyright-free fonts from throughout the ages. Ready to use on your website or printed work.
The book is published by Laurence King and hits the market on 14th June 2010. Amazon is currently taking pre-orders at £22.46.