preussische akademie der wissenschaften

stagna's picture

Do you think it's handmade or it's a typo? Thanks.

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The name Prussian Academy of Sciences Preußische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences) dates from 1918 and I suspect the inscription is from that era.
It was then the usual practice of major architects to develop their own lettering styles. Here we have a revised and condensed version of the Trajan column lettering, designed to be effective as a monumental incised design. Note the flavor of Louis Perrin's Lyons capitals, known in Europe as Elzevir/Romana and in the US & UK as De Vinne. Distinctive features include the W which has a very low vertex of W.
No fonts are a perfect match, but a few are similar in various respects.
Grand Central, by Tobias Frere-Jones based on the 1920s capitals painted on the walls of Grand Central Station:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/fontbureau/grand-central/
Trajan by Carol Twombly:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/trajan/
Classic Roman by Monotype:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mti/classic-roman/
Oxonia Roman Condensed by Paul James Lloyd:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/gatf/oxonia-roman/
Calligrapher Roman Capitals by Lazar Dimitrijević:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/posterizer-kg/cal-roman-capitals/
PF Monumenta:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/parachute/pf-monumenta-pro/
Imperator by Andrey Kudryavtsev:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/andrey-kudryavtsev/imperator/
Byington by Ray Larabie:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/typodermic/byington/
Shango by Jason Castle based on Schneidler-Mediaeval (1936):
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/castletype/shango/
Capitolium by Gerard Unger:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/type-together/capitolium-news-2/
Romana, various versions and designers:
http://www.myfonts.com/search/romana/fonts/
Trajan

stagna's picture

great as usual. thanks again!

donshottype's picture

You're welcome.
Don

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