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Old Insel Verlag Cover Type


Hi, i am looking for this slightly Jugendstil-influenced type of this cover from the german Insel Verlag.



I have not confirmed which of the various names for digital versions of this old font is match the name under which the original font was released.

There are interesting details in the font info for each of the fonts. I summarize them after each font name. First the copyright holder. Then the version info. finally other comments.

Thomas E. Harvey 1993 [seems identical to Athenian Normal but has strange date: "Version 1.00 April 23, 1927, initial release]"

Athenian Normal.ttf
Thomas E. Harvey 1993 ["1.0 Fri Apr 23 15:17:44 1993"]

EFN Mellotron.ttf
EuroFONT 94-2000. ["Version 2.0; 2000] 318 regular glyphs. Codepages Eastern Europe, Turkish, Baltic, vietnamese. Includes "gk" logo. I wonder who "gk" is?

EFN Melody.ttf
EuroFONT 2002 [2.4] 375 glyphs. Same codepages as Mellotron but "gk" logo gone.

Bright Ideas, no date [Macromedia Fontographer 4.1 6/25/99]

Typographer Mediengestaltung, i.e. Dieter Steffmann 2001 ["1.2"] Glyphs seem to match Karissa's--except for ps->tt conversion variation. Minor difference in number of glyphs 245 v. 248.

Typographer Mediengestaltung, i.e. Dieter Steffmann 2001 ["1.3; 2001"]

Titania MF.ttf
Rick Mueller 1993 ["Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 9/15/05"]

Internal font dates suggests Thomas E. Harvey & Rick Mueller were the first to [independently?] digitize the font in 1993.

The name Titania is used for a font shown on page 44 of the Solo Catalog that looks like these fonts. According to the "Solocat" A "Solofont digital version included in Dover/Solofont Art Nouveau book + CD pack." Info for the solo Titania font: Dan X. Solo. 1998 [Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.5 9/4/98]. The glyph data in Steffman's 2001 Titania match the Solo Titania.


Do you have a date for the Insel Verlag?
The font does not show in my old U.S. specimen books.

Hi Don, tnx for your detailed reply. The book has been published in 1976. Actually Willy Fleckhaus, who did as well Suhrkamp is credited as creator of the original cover style.