'Latin' Typeface?

Dav's picture

My first such request, but sure an important, personal one.
( Ooh, And, 'Sorry' for the almost nameless thread title. )

Dear fellow Typophiles,
What would be your first choices, typeface wise, for / in setting a classic Latin phrase? ( Think 'One Sentence Poetry'. Think 'Slightly Smelling Leather Books'. :) Think 'Vintage'. )

I am thankful, as ever, for every single suggestion and hint.


privateortheris's picture

I suppose Trajan would be far too obvious. Remember - no U's only Vs.

privateortheris's picture

And no J's either. - PER ARDVA - AD ASTRA, BUT IN TRAIAN


hrant's picture

David, all-caps or mixed case?

> no U’s only Vs

BVLGARI rvles.

BTW, the "U" in Adobe Trajan is wrong.


Dav's picture

Hrant, Either all-caps or just lowercase.
No mixed case needed.

( And 'Trajan' is not quite 'it', I fear. :)

dan_reynolds's picture

Lowercase would be interesting, albeit somewhat of an anachronism, as our lowercase is "Holy Roman" rather than Roman ;-)

Although, the Romans only thing Roman's wrote in big, monumental capital letters (like Trajan), were big monumental inscriptions. So I think that Trajan is totally inappropriate for Latin poetry. The Romans had their own handwriting systems that they would have used for things like that. These letters never would have been as "perfect" as Trajan.

Maybe you could used something like Trajan, but less perfect… like Trajanus or some of Goudy's faces. Although these are probably even more anachronistic…

What about Renaissance type, or Italic? During the Renaissance, they starting printing all of these texts in Latin again… Renaissance type is as close to "accurate" and "original" as you might be able to get.

dezcom's picture



William Berkson's picture

Alternatives to Trajan:

Mario Feliciano's Garda;

Typophile Kris Sowersby's Karv (if he feels it is finished).

Perpetua is always very strong.

Finally, I don't know what exactly is happening with Romulus, but that would be great. It seems like Frank Blokland is doing optical sizes, and it is not released yet.

hrant's picture

Or maybe a cursive-Roman (mainstreamly called "upright Italic") like Seria's.


claes's picture

Penumbra is pretty nice.

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