The word VENICE on the cover of a recent Penguin book is in a Tuscan style that I can perhaps describe as "wrought iron" because of the curls that look like twisted iron strips.
The letters are obviously decorated by hand with painted blue and gold trim plus shadow outlines. But are the letters based on a font, digital or ancient, or are they a creative exercise?
The closest I could find as a font is Jeff Levine's Saddle Hitch JNL, "inspired by a few words set in a decorative typeface from an 1887 publication." http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/jnlevine/saddle-hitch/
But Saddle Hitch JNL is a long way from being a match.
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.