Closest Didone italic?

Thomas Phinney's picture

This is a sample from a bunch of hand lettered text from circa 1960. It's a modern/Didone italic, similar to Monotype Modern Italic or Century Italic. However, note the treatment of the ascender serifs, which differs from those two.

I need to more or less match this. I'm looking for a typeface that is close enough that nobody but a typophile would notice. Maybe the hand lettering was directly inspired by some particular font?

Note: There's too much lettering in this project to make me doing it by hand practical, and I'm not really eager to hack an existing font for the project, though I will if I feel I have no other choice.

Regards,

T

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hrant's picture

Not a match really (sorry) but it
makes me think of Eidetic Neo.

hhp

Celeste's picture

Maybe I'm a little off the mark, but since it looks a lot like copperplate lettering to me, so why not try MVB Sirenne ?

Thomas Phinney's picture

Hmmm. I can see why it reminds Hrant of Eidetic Neo, but some of the letters are *very* different.

MVB Sirenne is a pretty good suggestion. It is really quite different in detail, but very similar in spirit. My lettering is from a game board that is trying to imitate a nautical map....

I'm still hoping somebody will suggest something closer to the original, but Sirenne may be my fallback. Or I'll just modify another font.

Regards,

T

Thomas Phinney's picture

Oh, pfooey. Sirenne is only available in Type 1, and only in bundles of bunches of fonts for a bunch of money. I'd have to buy the text and display sets just to get the italic and italic display faces. This project just doesn't warrant spending $200+ on fonts, and there's no way I'm buying Type 1 fonts in this day and age.

T

hrant's picture

I'm guessing throw the designer an email
and he'll make something happen for you.

hhp

david h's picture

Berling (?)
Octava (paratype)

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