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August 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM #2877


No named specimen of this face, ubiquitous worldwide by the mid-1800s, has been discovered by THP. Furthermore, every number assigned to it in GB, the US, France and Germany is different. Fortunately, the Solotype Catalog [16] supplies a “handle” for discussing it.

Nicolette Gray traces it to Figgins 1847 and notes a German specimen dated 1850.¹ The earliest ones examined by THP are poster-size (more than 2.5″) and “banner-style” fore-runners shown by Didot successor Tarbé (Paris) in 1839 and a routine job face by Hænel (Berlin) in 1847. According to Bauer, Hænel imported most roman faces from GB and France.²

THP Partner Alan Prescott has enhanced this historic caps-only beauty with a solid fill for dual-color jobs!

¹Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 200. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
²Bauer, Friedrich (Offenbach 1929); Reichardt, Hans (Frankfurt 2011): Chronik der Schriftgießereien in Deutschland und den deutschsprachigen Nachbarländern.

November 29, 2013 at 6:44 PM #5524

Alan Jay Prescott

Joseph was an unevenly designed face, and so modifications were made to bring it into more modern tastes, but has the gesture of the original. My revival is named Joshua Contour and there is a fill for chromatic use:
Joshua Contour
Joshua Fill


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