To fully comprehend type today, you need to know the history. If you’re looking for a quick yet insightful read on the history of type, Alan Bartram’s Typeforms: A History is for you. In a concise approach, Bartram presents a history of type dating back to 1470. With large illustrations and brief descriptions, Bartram shows how type has transformed over the years from Venetian to Twentieth-century Roman. One of the fascinating parts of the book is the beautiful examples of the architectural use of letterings in the early days.