Ye olde type references

madgeppetto's picture

short of traveling to europe and sifting through old documents, where's a good place to find clear examples of very old type? My local library is not much help, so any help would be appreciated.


John Hudson's picture

Can you give us a more specific idea of what sort of 'very old type' you are wanting to see?

raph's picture

Gepetto: The Typographic Book 1450-1935 by Morison and Day is probably what you're looking for, as long your interest is confined to Latin script. abebooks lists an edition for $50.

madgeppetto's picture

Thanks for reference! I'll look into that, once I get some $ saved.

To be more specific, I'm looking for lettering from Italy, 6th century and earlier.

Hope that helps!

bieler's picture

Dude, that ain't type. There are plenty of history of writing books out there. You'll find examples of Italian 6th century hand in many of them.

bieler's picture


You should get away from your computer on occasion.

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Stephen Coles's picture

Gerald - just curious, did Hrant get you to start saying "dude"?

Stephen Coles's picture

Haha. Advice accepted.

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