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I need some help (or you can translate this to "I'm feeling too lazy to do the research myself right now").

I'm looking for two things:
  • Fonts: anybody know any good renaissance-y fonts? I'm looking for something that is both relatively period-accurate for Tudor and Elizabethan printed books, broadsheets and handbills, and something that the less-than-educated viewer will think "Oooh, old!" when they see it. Free preferred, but feel free to recommend commercial fonts. OpenType preferred, but feel free to recommend TrueType or PostScript.
  • Tudor & Elizabethan printed things: Books, broadsheets, handbills and signs. Yes, of course, facsimiles preferred, and online sources preferred. At work I've got access to a number of academic online collections, so feel free to recommend restricted services; I might be able to get to them.


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Mar. 27th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
For type, scanning down the list of available fonts in Word as installed on my work machine, 'Constantia' looks good, as does 'Clarendon'.

I have no idea at all from whence they come, though.
Mar. 27th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Don't have either of them, but thanks for the suggestion.
Mar. 27th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
I'm a fan of Garamond, IIRC it's from about 1540.
Mar. 27th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
I love Garamond, but it looks more "classic" than "old."
Mar. 27th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)

Fonts --
  • Renaissance at dafont.com isn't really -- but it's got its fair share of flourishes;
  • Luminarium has a number of calligraphic fonts with variable readability;
  • I think your best bet is probably at Scriptorium, which has both fonts and borders. I've been aware of their stuff since the early 90s, and I know they've put a lot of work in.

ForTudor & Elizabethan printed things--

Or drop me a note at firstnamelastinitial (at) g m a i l -- I'll see what else comes to mind.
Mar. 27th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
ILShakeFest and JSL Ancient (from the Luminarium page) may work for my purposes.
Mar. 28th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
JSL Ancient is by Jeff Lee, and the family of fonts can be found here. They're all pretty neat.
Mar. 27th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
i dont know if you're on tribe, but there are a few ren faire tribes on there. casaderenfaire, norcalrenfaire, and others. you can do a search for me and i can link you to the ones i have. other than that... www.renfaire.com is the primary link that i give to most people who are looking for renaissancey-type stuff. i'll have more when i get home
Mar. 27th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)

Zaph Chancery Medium Italic BT

Stuyvesant BT

Rage Italic LET Plain

Lydian Cursive BT

Libra BT

Fraktur BT
Mar. 28th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Another suggestion is 1,000 free fonts dot com. You may find something there.
Mar. 28th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Look at any of the multiple variations on Chancery
Chancery is basically set up to imitate the "new" "Italic" hand that comes in just pre Henry VIII.
I like Chancery Black and Zaph Chancery, both medium if you can find them.
I think I might have some stuff lying around which I will bring on Sunday if we see you.
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