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July 25, 2016 at 3:47 PM #28142


Byzantine by Hermann Illenberg for MSJ. Does anyone knows if there are any publicly available MSJ catalogues shows this type specimen?

August 1, 2016 at 2:39 AM #28144


Hi Joney,

Many thanks for your inquiry about Byzantine, long scheduled as a wish-list revival candidate. This fancy dual-case tuscan was indeed designed by Herman Ilenberg/Ihlenberg. He patented it in December 1869 [USPTO D3270], soon after a representative of L. Johnson & Co. (Philadelphia) convinced him to emigrate from Germany to the US for employment there.

Byzantineesides the specimen you so kindly posted, I can offer the (nearly illegible) patent exhibit and showings extracted from MSJ catalogs dated 1885, 1891 and 1895 (after joining ATF as a charter member in 1892).

Let’s hope that someone can help the THP team to tackle this revival project!

August 25, 2016 at 3:28 AM #28285


THP Flickr follower Steven O. Saxe, co-author with Alastair M. Johnston of Nineteenth-Century American Designers and Engravers of Type, reports that he has a 36-pt letterpress specimen of Byzantine.

Whether it includes the full alphanumeric charset and can be furnished in a high-resolution form suitable for vectorization remains to be seen.

Please follow developments here:

Ihlenburg typefaces 1



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