It's also a bit of a tradition among printers to list the types they have. Before the days of computer typesetting (where everyone has a gazillion "fonts" on their computer - mostly bad, often pirated) the list of fonts available defined much of the capabilities, and even the character, of a press. Both commercial and noncommercial presses often went so far as to print their own Specimen Books illustrating all of the fonts they had, and the work they could do with them. (Recall, a "font" is a specific typeface at a specific body (point) size, for handset type composed of a finite number of individual pieces of type.)
I don't really have a very good collection of handset type. This doesn't matter, because I'm not a very good printer - more and better type would be wasted on me. I'm also concentrating on casting my own type. But, for what it's worth, here's what I have for handset composition:
Four of the sets of fonts included here were each "firsts" for me: the first type I ever bought (Blanchard), the first type I ever bought new (Baskerville), the first type I ever printed with (Spartan), and the first type I ever helped to cast (Hadriano Stone Cut).
History: McGrew notes that (Lanston) Monotype Baskerville was cut in 1931 and based on the 1923 Monotype (UK) cutting. By way of contrast, Linotype's Baskerville was cut in 1926 and based on (but not idential to) the ATF/"Fry" Baskerville. When I get the first Linotype running, it'll be interesting to compare the two of them, as I have Baskerville mats.
This was the first type I purchased after acquiring the first round of Linotypes and presses, in 2008. I got it new, directly from M & H Type.
[Note: At present, these are primarily fonts for study, not for setting. I wanted New Old Stock ATF type, especially with unbroken seals) for (a) possible metallurgical comparison and (b) comparison with equivalent Ludlow faces. For actual printing, I have the Ludlow Equivalent (Lining Plate Gothic Heavy) and I'll use it for now.]
Size Notes: The several body sizes each had multiple lining face sizes. The numbering for these face sizes, however, was not sequential within the body size, but serial throughout the range of body sizes. Thus, where Ludlow had Lining Plate Gothic 6pt Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and then 12pt Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, ATF had Heavy Copperplate Gothic 6pt Nos. 21, 22, 23, 24 and then 12pt No.s 25, 26, 27, 28. The 6pt No. 21 is tiny
Ludlow equivalent: Lining Plate Gothic Heavy.
Note: McGrew says that Copperplate Gothic is "known as Spartan in England"; it has no relation to ATF's Spartan, a copy of Futura.
I helped Sky Shipley of Skyline Type Foundry to cast 52 fonts of this at the 2009 combined APA Wayzgoose and Midwest & Great Northern Printers' Fair in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. It was cast on a Thompson, from matrices electroformed by the late Andy Dunker.
See also note at ATF's Spartan (apparantly in England "Spartan" was a name used for Copperplate Gothic).
This was a gift from Rachel Scott, Duane Scott's daughter. She assume that it was so far gone that I could use it only for recasting, and so gave it to me as a sample of foundry typemetal. I, on the other hand, intend to print from it. I used it for my very first printing on 2009-10-22 (in 60 pt).
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