Award-winning graphic designer, typographer and author Paul Shaw has devoted a book to the classical Roman capitals. The comprehensive publication “The Eternal Letter – Two Millennia of the Classical Roman Capital” appeared in January, on the occasion of the 2000th birthday of the uppercase, which is ubiquitous nowadays.
Paul Shaw has already produced books like “Helvetica and the New York City Subway System” and co-wrote “Blackletter: Type and National Identity”. In addition to his teaching at Parsons School of Design und School of Visual Arts, he writes for the blog Blue Pencil.
This is why “The Eternal Letter” devotes all of its 264 pages to the classic Roman capitals. The reader gets a comprehensively illustrated and informative study of the continuing influence of the upper case letter and its multitude of variations over the centuries. The book delves into history and looks forward to the future. It also includes a number of essays from well-known representatives from the world of typography. These include Frank E. Blokland, Matthew Carter, Steve Matteson and Julian Waters, among others.