Alter Littera - New Letters of Old

The Oldtype "Alter Gotisch" Font

Alter Littera - Madrid, 2012

Current Version: ALOT Alter Gotisch 1.0 (Initial Release - April 2012)

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This is Alter Littera's first original design. The font has been created attempting not to reproduce any historical typeface in particular, but only to re-create the overall forms and style of classic black-letters from different time periods and places. Two specific sources must be acknowledeged nonetheless: (1) the "Black" type from William Caslon's A Specimen of Printing Types (1785), and (2) the "Caslon Gotisch" type by D. Stempel A.G. (1926). In addition to the usual standard characters for typesetting in modern Western languages, the font includes a comprehensive set of special characters, alternates and ligatures, plus Opentype features, that can be used for typesetting as in antique writings and printings. The glyphs are clean, smooth and definitely readable, so the font will be suitable not only for large titles and headings, but also for full text pages.

Font Alter Gotisch

Adaptation from Typographische Mitteilungen - XXIII Jahrgang - Heft 2 (1926)

Font Alter Gotisch

Sonnet by Spanish master writer Francisco de Quevedo (1648)

Font Alter Gotisch

Adaptation from William Caslon's A Specimen of Printing Types (1785)

Font Alter Gotisch

Adaptation from Gebr. Klingspor's Eine deutsche Schrift von Rudolf Koch (1910)

Font Alter Gotisch

Adaptation from Erhard Ratdolt's Missale Augustanum (1496)

Selected high-resolution font sheets available for purchase at the Digital Press


In the last sample image above, the large drop cap T comes from the Oldtype "Barlosius Schrift" Font (under development). Red Uncials (Lombardic Capitals) come from the Initials "Gothic B" Font (under development).


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