In Search Of: Flourishes

hrant's picture

One of my students is looking for "fonts that have the same
flourishes that Hoefler Italic and Caslon Italic have". Since
I know there's a small horde of flourish junkies on Typophile,
I figured to just ask on her behalf.


karenhuang's picture


Btw, congrats on Patria and Nour, I just got my copy of Creative Review!

Norbert Florendo's picture

MMmmmmm... Swashes!
-- Homer Simpson

The Lanston Type section of P22 has quite a few well and lesser known historic types with swash, alternates and fleurons.

Dan Weaver's picture

Emigre Daliance

enne_son's picture

The 'bakermat' (dutch for 'cradle' or 'birth-place') of such swashes is the mannerist cancellerescian majuscule. The reference majuscules throughout page 63-69 of my Raffia Intials presentation are drawn from a book whose title and author escapes me at the moment, but the book shows as many variations for each letter of the alphabet. I might be able to dig out bibliographic particulars on the source on the weekend if it would be of use.

But do you really want to send your student down a chirographic detour?

William Berkson's picture

Poetica is has a festival of swash characters. Many of Slimbach's faces have them, as he is very good at them.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Don't forget Auto and Sauna from Underware!

Miss Tiffany's picture

or Typofonderie's Le Monde or ITC Bodoni Seventy-two or Palatino

hrant's picture

Typically great help guys.

> But do you really want to send your student down a chirographic detour?

I would like my students to walk the world, critically, taking
[provisional] decisions that will make them happier than not.

This particular student for example is considering attending this: _
And I'm encouraging her (even though she could buy a lot of great type
books with all that money :-)... but not least because she's already armed
with my chirographic caveats! :-> Anyway - as you were.


enne_son's picture

Here is the promised reference:

Kathryn A. Atkins,
Masters of the Italic Letter: Twenty-two Exemplars from the Sixteenth Century
David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
(I don't have the publication date)

Additional Fonts with swash caps:
Baskerville, Cooper Black Italic, Deepdene Italic, Garamond Italic, Kennerly Italic, but you might need to go into the metal books to see them (I'm not sure to what extent swash cap components of common pre-digital faces were routinely digitized).

hrant's picture

You've reminded me of the particular "swash factor" in Baskerville.
Because the original italic caps had a strange "swash distribution",
in that some glyphs were very "straight" while others were overly
swashy, revivers of Baskerville have elected to either preserve the
original scheme or do away with the swashes entirely. One elegant
solution can be found in ATF's metal Baskerville: non-swashy main
sorts, but swashy, in fact extra-swashy, alternates. Here's a scan
from a print I did at Archetype last year:


david h's picture

> (I don’t have the publication date)


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