A Chicago meet-up with The Devoted Type. Curator-led tour of the exhibit Creating Shakespeare. Sketch • Network • Learn
Whether it be classical, contemporary, or modern typographic forms, what typefaces scream "Shakespeare!" to you?
Also, can you folks identify original typefaces that are used in his publications?
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Shakespeare says in Sonnet 77:
Look what thy memory cannot contain,
Commit to these waste blacks, and thou shalt find
Those children nursed, delivered from thy brain,
To take a new acquaintance of thy mind.
Is there a typographical meaning to "waste blacks"?
In a class I took this semester, Materializing the Word: The Book as Object, Technology, Concept, and Event, 1500-1800, I researched the text font used by William Jaggard for Shakespeare's First Folio, printed from 1621 to 1623 in London. Below is a short summary of my paper. Although I feel reasonably confident about the visual and historical evidence for my conclusions, they must be viewed with some skepticism; myriad attributes can create a misleading appearance, from inking and justification to paper quality and mixed-sort fonts.