This inconsistency of width and stress angle was present in the original metal type family, and was carried through to digital versions of Times New Roman. It’s one of the many reasons Times has an undeserved place as a default serif for text. In fact, the reason it became so widely used today has more to do witht... (more)
Typography education standards vary widely between schools and countries (programs in Europe tend to be more rigorous than those in North America, for example), so there isn’t a single book that would satisfy every introductory course, but here are six English-language books that do a good job with the fundamentals:
Hochuli, Jost., 1987–2015.
František Štorm’sis by far the best direct revival because it has individually designed subfamilies for both small sizes (sturdy, open counters, large x-height) and large sizes (elegant, sharp details, tightly spaced). All other Baskervilles have just one size master somewhere in between, which makes them much too feeble for most tex... (more)