decorative slab serif

dongura's picture

Any idea what this font is?

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oldnick's picture

It's an Italianate style, popular in the 1820s and 1830s. I have a version of same, but the uppercase /A/ follows the more traditional layout...

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/nicksfonts/new-boston-wbw/

dongura's picture

Beautiful. Thanks

Don

dongura's picture

I'm going to have to pick this up. Thanks a lot for the history too. Been seeing more and more of this in publications.

donshottype's picture

This is the infamous Italian by Caslon of 1821.
Nick has suggested his version, which is a good one.
Another one is Slab Sheriff by Match and Kerosene, a Western style
interpretation.
Don

donshottype's picture

There was significant variation in letter-forms for various sizes of Caslon's Italian from the outset:


The digital versions -- there are quite a few -- vary as to which letter-forms they adopt.
Don

donshottype's picture

Paul Barnes did an authentic recreation of Caslon's Italian, from the original proofs at the St. Bride Type Museum but as far as I know it was never released.
See his specimen.
Don

donshottype's picture

One size of Caslon Italian punches from St. Bride, mirrored:


Don

hrant's picture

Cool stuff.

hhp

donshottype's picture

I gathered all this stuff when I was making my own version. Then it dawned on me that that the field was already crowded with versions of this spaghetti western font and I sent my design to boot hill.
Don

akira1975's picture

Bon Appetit uses typefaces by Commercial Type (Paul Barnes is a co-founder of it), e.g. Isambard and I guess they also use Caslon Italian digitized by him.

donshottype's picture

Paul Barnes had a list of several early 19th century typefaces -- including Caslon's Italian --that he said were almost ready for release through the St. Bride Type Foundry. It would be interesting to see if they do surface through Commercial Type.
Don

hrant's picture

I've long thought that Italian's stroke contrast is too literally inverted - it's like a contrarian, irrational teenager. There must be room for designs with more judicious, purposeful stroke inversion - a mature, collected iconoclast. Ugly doesn't have to be stupid; and smart ugly often ends up redefining beauty.

hhp

Ryuk's picture

Talking about " the field was already crowded", here is a couple more of its interpretations/digitizations: OK Corral and Italian Throwback

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