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Venetian, Tulip Wood

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December 19, 2013 at 8:12 AM #6572


Venetian=TulipKelly writes that this face was shown in 1838 by New York printer/type distributor George Nesbitt, whose only known supplier of wood type designs was Edwin Allen.¹ He adds that the caps-only design originated in France during the 1830s and quickly spread to England and the US.

A Laurent & Deberny specimen sheet showing three progressively ornate sizes is dated 1837. Nicolette Gray illustrates a c1841 Stephenson Blake showing (mentioned by Kelly) as simply the size (double-pica two line) plus Tuscan.²

The L&D specimens are numbered; Nesbitt’s is entitled Venetian. Perhaps because this tradename was so common, D.X. Solo shows his specimen of the Allen/Nesbitt version as Tulip Wood.³

Specimens Available

Complete, caps-only plus punctuation (no numerals exist?)
Set of four scans, grayscale @2400 dpi
View historical and preliminary working specimens

¹Kelly, R.R. (1977): American Wood Type, 1828–1900|Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types, pages 38/335. Litton Educational Pub­lishing, Inc./Van Nostrand Reinhold Company (New York 1969). Reprinted by DaCapo Press, Inc. (New York 1977).
²Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, pages 183/199. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
³Solo, D.X. [Editor](1992): The Solotype Catalog of 4,147 Display Typefaces, page 37. Dover Publications, Inc. (Minneola, NY.

January 2, 2014 at 6:53 AM #6845


An interesting discussion with Albert-Jan Pool on the Laurent & Deberny specimen cites a third similar face with the tradename Venitienne:

January 5, 2014 at 9:29 PM #6864

Alan Jay Prescott

This is a tough project I was thinking of working on in the past. A real beauty and unique. Stay tuned.

January 6, 2014 at 3:11 AM #6866


In case you’re serious about working on Venetian, I decided to “jump start” the project with the set of super-hi-rez scans I made awhile back. I know you have Kelly’s book and can do it yourself—since I already did this chore, maybe I can save you a step. Check your dropbox folder.

June 12, 2016 at 5:49 AM #27295


Topic intro republished by MagaZine (UK) on 2016-06-12.


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