1890s type

LeGrys's picture

Hello! Long time lurker, first-time poster...

I am designing a book where I want the pages to have the feel of a book from the 1880s and 1890s. I am looking for a good typeface to use for the body copy that has a slight irregular, letterpress feel to it.

So far I have found: Old Times American
but this seems more in keeping with a newspaper or periodical than a book.

And: Archetype
which I like a lot but I am not sure whether it is from the right era

Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?

J Weltin's picture

Archetype has similarities to the Janson type by Nicholas Kis, which he made around 1690.

J Weltin's picture

Have a look at Nick Shinn’s Scotch Modern, which reflects the era you’re after.

LeGrys's picture

Wow. Scotch Modern is perfect in terms of letter shapes. A great recommendation.

I think for my needs it may be a little too perfect in execution as it lacks the slightly irregular quality I am seeking. Although my printed page will obviously not have the texture of a letterpress-printed page I want it to suggest at first glance that it may have been printed on a Victorian press, with the slightly irregular baseline and all that entails.

daverowland's picture

Try GLC fonts. They are all named by date and seem to have all the irregularities of early printing you're after

Gary Lonergan's picture

I know it's a much earlier font but there is a free resource for the Fell types online
http://iginomarini.com/fell/ it has a very irregular outline but is fantastically readable

hrant's picture

This sounds like a job for Founders Caslon.


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