Historical type

I'm working on a typography animation for a writer whose story is set in WWII-era Poland. I'd like to use typography appropriate to that time and place in history. Any suggestions you guys have regarding that would be great—but also, can you suggest any reference books or resources to refer to for that sort of thing in general? Today I'm hunting for typography appropriate to WWII-era Poland, but tomorrow it might be 1850s Boston, or who knows where. I'd like to have a big fat book, or some kind of resource to refer to next time I need to research this sort of thing. Any thoughts? Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

I'm helping a classmate look for any info. leading to samples of Jan Tschichold's Saskia typeface. To our knowledge, it hasn't been digitized, but it's also difficult to find any printed samples or images online. Any help would be appreciated.

These are images from Andrea Vesalius' De Humani Corporis Fabrica, printed in 1543 in the workshop of Johannes Oporini.

If anyone knows who cut the type and/or whether there's a good digital typeface based on it, that would be great! Otherwise, suggestions of the most similar typefaces you can think of are very welcome.


I'm looking for historical fonts related to Tuscany or Florence.
I know LetterPerfect offers some historical reproductions of tuscan fonts, like Beata, Donatello and Ghiberti, and that's just a good deal.
Just wondering if there are other fonts with the same historical background.
Thank you!

I am looking to make a list of typefaces that would've been in vogue (or that represent the 'in vogue' style) in the USA in the 1840's - 1860's or so.

Any thoughts?


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