The Precision Type Catalog shows fonts from font foundries large and small, and sells at discount prices. The printed catalog is the most complete I know of, and their web site is even more complete and up to date, and lets you view samples of any of their typefaces in any words you choose. 800-248-3668. Precision Type, 47 Mall Dr., Commack, NY 11725; 800/248-3668, 516/864-0167.
Adobe Font catalogs are not inexpensive, but are beatifully printed and very useful for when you need to see the fonts in print. Adobe Systems Inc., 1585 Charleston Road, Box 7900, Mountain View, CA 94039; 800/83-FONTS, 415/961-4400.
FontShop is a one-stop shop for fonts, carrying over 5,000 fonts from more than 25 foundries (large and small). Its $50 encyclopedic type catalog is a great resource. Font Shop has its own line of very new and original faces called FontFont. A locked CD-ROM is also available. FonstShop, 47 W. Polk Street, Chicago, IL 60605, 800-TYPE-USA. Canada: 40 Wellington St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 1E8; 800/36-FONTS, 416/348-9837.