What font is this?

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kthomps5's picture

Couldn't find an exact match, but it looks like a subtler/less florid version of Latin, which itself is derived from a wood type original:

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/latin/

If you can tell me the year of the sample, I might be able to match it to a type specimen book of the era.

luvtype's picture

The sample is from 1871.

Many thanks!

kthomps5's picture

Found it in the Fifteenth Book of Specimens of the Cincinnati Type Foundry (1882):

http://www.archive.org/stream/fifteenthbookofs00cincrich#page/n5/mode/2up

It's called Runic (upper right corner of this page):

There's a contemporary typeface of the same name by Monotype, but it isn't a match to your sample or the Cincinnati sample.

Ryuk's picture

Far from perfect but I like Posada and Estienne as digital alternatives.

kthomps5's picture

I second Ryuk's recommendation of Estienne. Latin might be another way to go:

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/latin/

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