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21 August 2009

There’s a Kelsey 3″ × 5″ tabletop press downstairs which I am not forbidden to play with. But of the twenty kilos or so of type I could find sequestered here and there, it looks like Perpetua is the only one I could use with a straight face, and I just don’t like Perpetua that much.0

So if you happen to see some letterpress type on its way to be recycled, I’d pay shipping (assuming I weren’t completely broke at time of enquiry) for any of these, roman or italic, in anything from say 10 through 18 pt, and maybe even bigger:

Keep in mind that I’m not that serious. (If I were, there’s an excellent collection of letterpress type next door.) I’m not promising a good home; I want fonts I can afford to mess with.

  1. Okay, here’s the thing. Perpetua has a bunch of Gill’s lively quirks (the stonecarver’s serifs, the wide R, the nervous-energy italic, etc.), but such conventional underlying letterforms, and especially such rigid breadth, that it just falls apart. It doesn’t gel, you know? Things like the f look like afterthoughts or affectations. It’s as though some undistinguished Monotype Garamond dressed up as Joanna for Halloween. To quote my popular graphic design stand-up comedy routine. Bembo is all DERP DERP DERP but Caslon goes d’BMF d’BMF d’BMF, am I right?