Joshua Darden asked me to post the following
message he sent to Jason Babler after receiving
the original inquiry. Josh isn't on the list yet, but
he's signing on soon...
Stephen Coles mentioned your message about Cassandra. I'm alarmed to hear
that your e-mail has gone unanswered, as I haven't received any. Are
messages bouncing, or simply disappearing into the ether?
With regard to Cassandra's origin, there is an entire genus of
slab-seriffed faces which appear to be called Antique, and are further
distinguished by the decorations added to the skeleton form. The source
for Cassandra was a series of pages of a Dover book of advertising cuts
under the heading Italianate [the Bruce foundry concurs on this point,
Miller and Richard call them French; I suspect that there are other
labels]. I did my best to trace the heaviest seriffed design directly;
all others are permutations thereof.
To my knowledge, the existence of Cassandra and the Mr. French face is
My library is still on the West Coast, but I'd be happy to refer you to
any of the catalogs I find here at HTF.
The Hoefler Type Foundry 212 777 6640 x204
611 Broadway, Room 608 212 777 6684 (fax)
New York, NY 10012-2608 www.typography.com