malcolm clark writes:
> 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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Isn't this a coincidence! After I posted my message I kept on looking
through some books and of all things, I actually found that Sutton and
Bartram, and I think I found what I needed ... I'm pretty sure it's
the Garamond, as shown on pp.37-39, in the examples of Froissart's
_Chroniques_ (1559) and Colonna's _Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1546).
I'm sure Malcolm would agree that I have virtual font blindness (pun
intended) as far as identifying a font, and yet ... looking at these
three pages, it seemed just exactly right. I've also seen Donne's
_Pseudo-Martyr_ up close (to keyboard), so I've had some exposure to
Neat features of the Garamond include: ligatures for st and ct, swash
italic caps, a beautiful italic ampersand, and the use of what looks
like a smallcap I for the digit '1'. I also notice that the penchant
Donne has for margin notes (apparently the style for referencing) is
also present here (usually done in italics too).
The other book Malcolm mentions (the Lawson) sounds interesting; I'll
see if I can scare up a copy around here. Thanks for the pointer.
I did go back to the Adobe web pages and ran off copies of the various
Garamonds there -- six in all -- each one _based on_ the original, or
as in some cases, based on someone else's interpretation of someone
else's ... Not that the descriptions are extensive, but they do give a
little bit of background. If anyone's interested, the address is:
http://www.adobe.com -- look under `Products' and then `Type'. [No,
I'm not an Adobe shill -- they just have a lot of info that's quick to
access via the network ;-) ]
Thanks again, Malcolm.
P.S. The person who was looking for info on Novarese will find
some material there as well.