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I saw this in a documentary about comics. This looks like a Caslon with a distinguished swash. Can anybody identify it? Is it available in digital format? Any help, as always, appreciated.
I suspect that this was drawn and doesn't exist as a font. Caslon italic normally has 'wings' on the v and w, and that L is not any normal Caslon.
So if not Caslon, what? Or is the implication that this is hand drawn? The uniformity of the letters suggests a typeface to me. Does any font have an L like that?
I think the drawing is based on Caslon italic, but no, I don't think any Caslon has a swash L like that. I don't know whether it would have been cut in metal or what--perhaps someone who knows more printing history could tell you.