What font is this?

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Couldn't find an exact match, but it looks like a subtler/less florid version of Latin, which itself is derived from a wood type original:

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/latin/

If you can tell me the year of the sample, I might be able to match it to a type specimen book of the era.

The sample is from 1871.

Many thanks!

Found it in the Fifteenth Book of Specimens of the Cincinnati Type Foundry (1882):

http://www.archive.org/stream/fifteenthbookofs00cincrich#page/n5/mode/2up

It's called Runic (upper right corner of this page):

There's a contemporary typeface of the same name by Monotype, but it isn't a match to your sample or the Cincinnati sample.

Far from perfect but I like [[http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/p22/posada|Posada]] and [[http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/solotype/estienne|Estienne]] as digital alternatives.

I second Ryuk's recommendation of Estienne. Latin might be another way to go:

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/latin/