(x) Solar Arkestra fat face - ITC Firenze {Norbert}

dust's picture

hello,
could someone identify this font (solar arkestra)

I am supposing that the ampersand is from the same font as solar arkestra... if not could you id that as well?

thanks

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Norbert Florendo's picture

ITC Firenze

(edit-a-bit): But the ampersand is so slightly different than the specimen I have (ITC Typeface Collection, 1980 -- the BIG BLACK BOOK).

(edit-a-bit-more): I have not found a digitized version, though at one point pre-digital I believe there was a look-alike named Florence (the city which is known as "Firenze" to Italians).

dust's picture

i can't find it in the itc web...

oops! you just added that last edit! :)

i see, so it doesn't seem to be available...

Thanks for your fast id

Norbert Florendo's picture

Sorry, I don't have a great digital camera.

Norbert Florendo's picture

Looking at your sample of "solar arkestra" it looks like some of the characters were condensed a bit... the uppercase E for example. Which might account for why the original ampersand is narrower and almost closed like your sample.

justinthomaskay's picture

hey there!

the top font i used was indeed Firenze. good eye on that.

The ampersand was redrawn from a printed sample that i have of pistilli roman.

feel free to get in touch with me for any other questions!

Norbert Florendo's picture

Thanks, Justin... nice work.
I've missed a few IDs lately so I gotta get my batting average up again :-)

Stephen Coles's picture

Hey Justin, good to see you here.

I emailed Mr. Kay about this very thing for my post on Threadless fonts. There was a version of Firenze offered by Image Club but it has since gone "out of print", as it were. Ask Monotype about that, I guess. In the meantime, I offered some alternatives in my Typographica post.

dust's picture

Hi Justin, where did you get your digitised version of Firenze?

Thanks!

Norbert, thank you for the specimen pic!

Stephen Coles's picture

Do none of the alternates I listed suit your fancy, dust?

dust's picture

i've just checked that typographi post, thanks for the link, there are some good alternatives there..

dust's picture

again, you just got me typing! :)

yes there are some suitable alternatives...
anyway having firenze would be nice.

alexfjelldal's picture

whats the name of the other font?

Nick Cooke's picture

Serif Gothic Black by the look of it.

Jumpin' on the 70's bandwagon.

Nick Cooke

Stephen Coles's picture

alex - if you follow my link, all is revealed.

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