Sorry for asking, but an iron-curtain seems to have settled in my brain...

I'm looking for a ebook about typography and how to best write/typeset a book. It used to be part of the documentation for some TeX/LaTeX package (I assume to help typeset books and similar), but was later split into a separate package. It's available both as a TeX/LaTeX-sourcefile and as a PDF.

The book gives a brief history of and introduction to typography - Gutenberg, lead-types, old-style printing-presses, different measurements used; as well as a descriptions of the various parts of a typical book - foreword, introduction, title-page, copyright-page (what that string of number means), and so on. I only read the two first chapters, but I got the impression the book would be about how to typeset and section books.

Anyway, since I don't remember the name of the packages (the original and the one with just the book), the webpage (I think it had one), the author nor the title; I'm asking here - does anybody remember this ebook?

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You are very likely looking for memdesign. Quoting the package description:

“A Few Notes on Book De­sign” pro­vides an in­tro­duc­tion to the busi­ness of book de­sign. It is an ex­tended ver­sion of what used to be the first part of the mem­oir users’ man­ual.

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    TeX Live provides it under texdoc memdesign
    – egreg
    Jul 16, 2013 at 15:37
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    Yeah, damn it! That part of the memoir documentation is actually the reason why I'm still doing everything in memoir instead of using the more modular KOMA-Script. Well, that and the butt-ugly defaults of the KOMA-Script classes. That memoir introduction really convinced me that those people knew what they were doing.
    – Christian
    Jul 16, 2013 at 15:42
  • Yes, that's the one. Thanks! Excellent book. I've also fount it educational to look at the TeX-source while reading it. Jul 16, 2013 at 18:22
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    @BaardKopperud Not directly related to the question, there is a excelent book about typography: The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst, Hartley and Marks, Publishers, 2004.
    – user13907
    Jul 17, 2013 at 22:24

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