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Three Islands Press Bonsai™ ($49)

Copyright: ©1997 by Three Islands Press
Designer: Brian Willson
Includes: Bonsai Regular ($29), Bonsai Italic ($29)
Packages: 3IP Library, Historical Collection, Historical Texts
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Bonsai

BonsaiYears ago, I developed an interest in the Japanese art of dwarfed potted trees, bonsai. I bought some books on the subject by Brooklyn Botanic Garden. In one—Handbook on Bonsai: Special Techniques (seventh printing, February 1976)—the type was bad. Old worn lead type, I suspect, spread wide in the tops of characters and disappearing at the bottoms. Two decades later, I came across the handbook and was struck again by this interesting type. Inspired, I made a typeface. Didn’t take me long to decide on a name for it, either: a name with a double-meaning, based both on its look and its inspiration. Bonsai has two styles, a roman and a true italic. US$49.

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“Well done on preserving the old ways of writing—they wrote and spoke so much nicer than we do now.”
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—E.H., Brookline MA

“Not only is Texas Hero a uniquely beautiful font, there’s also the matter of Texas pride.”
—S.P.G., San Antonio TX

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—R.M., Newbury NH

“Oh! I'm in loooove with [Lamar Pen]! It's lovely, it's organic, it's real, it's got history & tradition. My designs are singing!”
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