For a school project, I’m typesetting my first book. I’ve read numerous Typophile threads on choosing a book typeface and consulted Bringhurst, but I’m buckling down to ask for some more specific advice.
Maybe this is a little “purist” for my first book, but I think that historical considerations for type warrant at least some consideration. Here is a summary of my admittedly haphazard research:
- Bram Stoker is Irish
- Dracula was published in 1897
- Vlad the Impaler was a 15th century Romanian Prince and inspiration for Count Dracula
- It seems as though Scotch Roman type was a common text face for the time it was published (at least in America?)
- The book takes place in England and Romania
- Even if it was appropriate to use, and I'm not sure that it is, there isn’t really much (if any) Romanian type from that time
Am I right in thinking that Scotch Roman type would be appropriate? If not, I'd love to hear a better suggestion.
Is it too far of a stretch (as I suppose) to appeal to the 15th century type to evoke the centuries old character of Dracula?
Being a student, financial considerations are in order... but I’d be willing to purchase a reasonably priced roman and italic text face if the right one came along. Here are some I’ve found: