"Causes of Mortality" multiple fonts (ornated split serif, grotesque, serif and cursive), 1858

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Hi guys. Looking for something else I stumbled upon this beauty (link is Wikipedia entry w/ hi-res image). It’s from 1858, and the author is Florence Nightingale.


The ornated split serif and grotesque


The serif


The cursive

Any ideas what these might be?

Ryuk's picture

The ornated split serif reminds me Figgins Tuscan and the cursive Kursivschrift.
For the serif, looks like a Modern... Have a look to 1820 Modern by Gilles Le Corre (and more globally to his fonts) or MVB's. Operina is also intesting...

quadibloc's picture

Of course, it should be clear that while the document was made in a way so as to resemble typeset text in typefaces in current use at the time, it is entirely handwritten.

And, of course, 1958 is a typo for 1858.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Do you think so? I first had that idea, but en I thought it might just be uneven printing and years of wear and tear. Edited the title, btw.

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