The Elements of Typographic Style

The Elements of Typographic Style is the authoritative book on typography and style by Canadian typographer, poet and translator Robert Bringhurst. Originally published in 1992 by Hartley & Marks Publishers, it was revised in 1996, 2001 (v2.4), 2002 (v2.5), 2004 (v3.0), 2005 (v3.1), 2008 (v3.2), and 2012 (v4.0). A history and guide to typography, it has been praised by Hermann Zapf, who said “I wish to see this book become the Typographers’ Bible.”[1] Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones consider it "the finest book ever written about typography," according to the FAQ section of their type foundry's website.[2] Because of its status as a respected and frequently cited resource, typographers and designers often refer to it simply as Bringhurst.

The Elements of Typographic Style
Cover of the Canadian first edition
AuthorRobert Bringhurst
PublisherHartley & Marks Publishers
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages254 pp (first edition)
686.2/24 20
LC ClassZ246 .B74 1992

The title alludes to The Elements of Style, the classic guide to writing by Strunk and White.[3]


  • First edition: Hartley & Marks Publishers, 1992, 254pp, ISBN 0-88179-110-5 (hardcover)
  • Second edition: Hartley & Marks Publishers, 1996, 352pp, ISBN 0-88179-133-4 (hardcover), ISBN 0-88179-132-6 (paperback)
  • Third edition: Hartley & Marks Publishers, 2005, ISBN 0-88179-205-5 (hardcover), ISBN 0-88179-206-3 (paperback)
  • Fourth edition: Hartley & Marks Publishers, 2012, ISBN 0-88179-211-X (hardcover), ISBN 0-88179-212-8 (paperback)

See also


  1. Hermann Zapf, as cited on the back cover of the book in version 4.0, ISBN 978-0-88179-212-6
  2. "Can you recommend any good books on typography?". Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  3. Foreword to version 3.1, p. 9, ISBN 0-88179-206-3
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