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The Oldtype "Gutenberg A" Font

Johann Gutenberg - Mainz, ca. 1455

Current Version: ALOT Gutenberg A 1.0 (Initial Release - December 2012) - Free Font

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Basic Commercial Licenses available exclusively at MyFonts

This is a free abridged edition of the full-featured Gutenberg B and Gutenberg C fonts. Although (as the name suggests) it was originally conceived as the first release in the B42-type series, it actually represents the colophon to this series. In addition to having a narrower scope, the font differs from its full-featured predecesors in both letter and word spacing, as well as in glyph design, using exclusively straight lines for every glyph and providing a significantly rough appearance at medium to large point sizes. The font includes the usual standard characters for typesetting modern texts, as well as a few special characters, alternates and ligatures that can be used for typesetting nearly as in Johann Gutenberg's 42-line Bible and later incunabula. Please note that the use of this free font is subject to the same terms and conditions as those for Alter Littera's pay fonts.

Gallery
Font Gutenberg A

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

Font Gutenberg A

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

Font Gutenberg A

Adaptation from F.A. Brockhaus' Walbaum Schriften - Antiqua Cursiv Fraktur (ca. 1936)

Font Gutenberg A

Adaptation from F.A. Brockhaus' Walbaum Schriften - Antiqua Cursiv Fraktur (ca. 1936)

Font Gutenberg A

Adaptation from Don Quijote de La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1605)

Font Gutenberg A

Adaptation from Erhard Ratdolt's Missale Patauiense (1494)

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

Note

In the fifth sample image above, the drop cap E comes from the Oldtype "Gótico Cervantes" Font (under development). In the last sample image, the drop cap T comes from the Oldtype "Barlosius Schrift" Font (under development); red Uncials (Lombardic Capitals) and cross come from the Initials "Gothic B" Font (under development).

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