The Alphabet traces the development of the alphabet and lettering from ancient times, presenting a variety of lettering styles which have evolved. The title first delves into the very beginnings of the alphabet, discussing cuneiform writing and forms of letters in five successive alphabets. Next, the author discusses what letters are and the development of the Roman capital. Other topics include letters before printing, the national hands, the development of gothic, the beginnings of types, the qualities of lettering, some practical considerations, and notes on the plates. Also included are plates for each letter of the alphabet, pages from the author's later types to serve as examples drawn and produced along the principles described in the text. A loose plastic guide for the plates is also incorporated.