Anyone know the history of this round typeface?

tmoore44's picture

The date of this piece is 1856 and the round typeface stood out as being quite modern for the times. Just a curious typophile.

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ben_archer's picture

Hi Tommy

I think you'll find that one (and maybe others like it) in Nicolette Gray's Nineteenth Century Ornamented Type Faces, although you might have to hit up your local library for a copy.

Offhand I couldn't say which foundry was responsible; Caslon, Figgins, Thorne, Thorowgood, Stephenson Blake and others all showed 19th C display types that were ahead of their time.

If you're curious about it as a typo genre, there are excellent essays by Emily King (at typotheque) and Keith Tam (at typeculture) that go into a lot more detail about the 19th C.

tmoore44's picture


Thanks for the leads!


ben_archer's picture

Tommy you're welcome. I'm just a curious typophile too.

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