Public lettering in all its forms--official inscriptions on buildings, commercial graphics, signs, epitaphs on tombstones, graffiti--is a fixture of urban life. In "Public Lettering, " Armando Petrucci reconstructs the history of public writing in the West and traces its social functions from the eleventh century through the modern period. Taking the city of Rome as a case study, Petrucci begins with a consideration of the first civic inscriptions after ancient times. Substantial chapters on the uses of public writing in ...

Public Lettering: Script, Power, and Culture 1993, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226663869

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