Books On Books Collection – Abecedaries I (in progress)

Jon Agee, Z Goes Home (entry in progress)

Islam Aly, 28 Letters

Marie Angel, An Animated Alphabet, Angel’s Alphabet, An Alphabet of Flowers

Rutherford Aris, The Ampersand in Script & Print: An Essay in Honour of the Ampersand Club on the Occasion of its Semicentenary

Tauba Auerbach, How to Spell the Alphabet

Federico Babina, Archibet

Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo, Flag Book Alphabet

Leonard Baskin, Hosie’s Alphabet

Antonio Basoli, Alfabeto Pittorico

Marion Bataille, ABC3D

Anthon Beeke, Alphabet

Alberto Blanco & “El Nacho”, The Book of Equis (entry in progress)

Tia Blassingame, Mourning/Warning: An Abecedarian; Mourning/Warning: Numbers and Repeaters

Johann Theodor de Bry, Neiw Kunstliches Alphabet

Ken Campbell, AbaB

David Clifford, Letterpress ABC

Michele Durkson Clise, Animal Alphabet

Mark Cockram, The Trial of the Letter ϒ alias Y by Thomas Edwards (binding)

Aaron Cohick, Alphabet One

Robert Cottingham, A-Z: Robert Cottingham: An American Alphabet

Paul Cox, Abstract Alphabet

Nerma Prnjavorac Cridge, Sarajevska Abeceda

Wim Crouwel, A New Alphabet

Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich, Bembo’s Zoo

Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Alphabet of Bones

François Da Ros, Anakatabase

Jean-Renaud Dagon (Le Cadratin), Voyelles by Arthur Rimbaud

Davies, Lyn. A is for Ox

Raffaella della Olga, LINE UP

Thomas Edwards, An Account of the Trial of the Letter ϒ [upsilon] alias Y, binding by Mark Cockram

Timothy Epps and Christopher Evans, Alphabet

Jennifer Farrell, The Well-Travelled Ampersand

Neil Gaiman & Gris Grimly, The Dangerous Alphabet (entry in progress)

John Gerard, Alpha Beta

Julien Gineste, Alphabet

Edward Gorey, Thoughtful Alphabets: The Just Dessert / the Deadly Blotter, The Eclectic Abecedarium

Karen Hanmer, The Spectrum A-Z; A2 (entry in progress)

Steven Heller & Gail Anderson, The Typographic Universe

Helen Hiebert, Alpha Beta …

Susan Hiller, The Artist’s Palette Alphabet

Tana Hoban, A,B, See!

Jean Holabird, Vladimir Nabokov: AlphaBet in Color

Hans Holbein the Younger, Der Totentanz (entry in progress)

Takenobu Igarashi, Igarashi Alphabets

Stephen T. Johnson, Alphabet City; A is for Art; Alphabet School

William Joyce and Christina Ellis, The Numberlys

Karl Kempton, 26 Voices (entry in progress)

Ines von Ketelhodt, Alpha Beta

Ronald King, Alphabet II, Alphabeta Concertina, alphabeta concertina miniscule, The White Alphabet (in progress)

Moussa Kone: The Abecedarium of the Artist’s Death: 26 Dangers for Your Career

Alethea Kontis, AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First (entry in progress)

Lou Kuenzler & Julia Woolf, Not Yet Zebra (entry in progress)

Sean Lamb & Mike Perry, Z Goes First (entry in progress)

Ji Lee, Univers Revolved: A Three-Dimensional Alphabet

Francesca Lohmann, An Alphabetical Accumulation

Helen Malone, Alphabetic Codes

Russell Maret, Hungry Dutch

Enid Marx, Marco’s Animal Alphabet

Scott McCarney, ​Alphabook 3, Alphabook 10 and Alphabook 13

Tara McLeod, ABC

Clément Mériguet, ABCDead

Lisa Merkin, Bodies Making Letters (entry in progress)

Cathryn Miller, L is for Lettering

Patrice Miller, The Eclectic Abecedarium by Edward Gorey (binding)

Suzanne Moore, A Blind Alphabet

Dave Morice, A Visit from St. Alphabet

Jeffrey Morin & Steven Ferlauto, Sacred Space; The Sacred Abecedarium (entry in progress)

Andrew Morrison, Ampersands&; Two Wood Press A-Z

Movable Books Society, A to Z: Marvels in Paper Engineering

Bruno Munari, ABC con fantasia

Vítězslav Nezval, Abeceda/Alphabet

Richard Niessen, The Palace of Typographic Masonry

Paul Noble, Nobsons Newton

Molly Peacock & Kara Kosaka, Alphabetique

Antonio & Giovanni Battista de Pian, Alphabetto Latino Schizzato and Alphabetto Pittoresque, respectively

Maria Pisano, XYZ

Étienne Pressager, Quelques îles en formation

Richard Price & Ronald King, little but often

Francisca Prieto, Printed Matter series

Bruce Rogers, Champ Rosé

Sybil Rubottom & Jim Jim Machacek, Spice Market

Claude Sarasas, The ABC’s of Origami

Claire Jeanine Satin, Alphabet Cordenons

Ben Shahn, The Alphabet of Creation

Levi Sherman, Frequency: An Abecedarian (entry in progress)

Paul Standard, Diggings of Many Ampersandhogs

Johann David Steingruber, Architectonisches Alphabeth

Borje Svennsson & James Diaz, Letters

Geofroy Tory, Champ Fleury

Jan Tschichold, A Brief History of the Ampersand

Gerard Unger, A Counterproposal

Claire Van Vliet, Tumbling Blocks for Pris and Bruce

Teagan White, Adventures with Barefoot Critters (entry in progress)

Edward Andrew Zega & Bernd H. Dams, An Architectural Alphabet

Ludwig Zeller, Alphacollage

~zeug, Et & Ampersands: A Contemporary Collection

Further Reading

Tien-Min Liao, Handmade Type. Compare/contrast with Tauba Auerbach’s Stacking (2007), which is covered in How to Spell the Alphabet (see above).

Poul Webb, “Alphabet Books — Parts 1-8” on Art & Artists. Google has designated this site “A Blog of Note”, well deserved for its historical breadth in examples, clarity of images and insight.

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