Blackletter or English Gothic or what?

WilsonCS's picture

I'm interested in learning the name of the main Blackletter font, and also the italics font.

Thanks for your help.

Richard

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WilsonCS's picture

By the way, this is from a book with publication date 1578, Imprinted by Henry Bynneman.

donshottype's picture

The date is helpful. During the 16th century there was considerable variety in blackletter typefaces, as printers attempted to mimic hand lettering. The letterforms suggest an early form of fraktur/textura.
I don't know of a digital version of this precise font.
There a few digital blackletter fonts based on typefaces from the era that have some of the flavor of your 1578 specimen.
Dracena by Stephen Miggas http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/aerotype/dracena/
Manfred Klein's FF Schoensperger http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/fontfont/ff-schoensperger/
GLC's 543 German Deluxe http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/glc/1543-german-deluxe/
For what is in effect a digital encyclopedia of Fraktur see the fonts digitized by Gerhard Helzel http://www.fraktur.biz/ For some comments on Mr. Helzel's project see the following web page by Luc Devroye http://luc.devroye.org/fonts-23582.html
Luc Devroye also has an extensive web page on Fraktur http://luc.devroye.org/fraktur.html Many hours of useful reading with links to samples and specific fonts.
For some further ideas see http://typophile.com/node/117850
Don

WilsonCS's picture

Thank you much, donshottype!

Richard

DPape's picture

Adding to the links.
Lee, Jeffrey S/JSL Blackletter Alternate
http://www.shipbrook.net/jeff/typograf.html

donshottype's picture

Good find Dick. JSL Blackletter definitely looks similar to most of the body text and could be a version of the typefqace.
Note that the printer seems to have mixed type depending on what was at hand. For example I found several versions of blackletter _T_. Also the printer used some peculiar capitalization practices. For example: WOrshipful, and THis
The sample is taken from _The pleasant historie of the conquest of the Weast India, now called New Spayne, atchieued by the vvorthy prince Hernando Cortes by Francisco López de Gómara (1578)_
For anyone wishing to examine a higher resolution of the typeface, the full text of the book is available at Archive.org https://archive.org/details/pleasanthistorie01lpez
Don

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