On Tue, 12 Mar 1996, Christina Thiele wrote:
> I'm looking at a photocopy of John Donne's _Essays in Divinity_ and
> wondering ... so what's the font? The book was printed in 1651 by
> Richard Marriot ``to be sold at his Shop in St Dunstan's Church-yard
> Fleet-Street.'' Which sounds pretty neat ...
> I've just spent about an hour poking through Adobe's Web pages, but
> it's hard to find fonts by eras ... ;-) although they do have them
> grouped by classes (e.g., Garalde, Venetian, Transition, and so on).
> The font is a bit like a new Adobe offering called Jensen (originally
> 1470), but not quite. Back at the Adobe web site, the Garalde group
> seems to be sort of right: horizontal bar on the `e', thick/thin
> distinction on `w', slightly left-leaning axis on the bowls ... but
> I'm unable to pick out any font in that group that seems right.
> Not that I'm expecting anyone to `name-that-font' for this particular
> book but ... maybe someone knows of a book on English typesetters and
> printers of the 17th century?
alexander lawson's anatomy of a typeface is a good place to start.
i also use sutton & bartram's atlas of typeforms.
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