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[Authentic_SCA] Re: persona & religion

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  • Michael Hurley
    ... There is a font called Poliphilus who s characters are from the famous Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, published in 1499. The characters aren t based on the
    Message 1 of 49 , Feb 6, 2008
      At 8:14 PM +0000 on 2/6/08, David McDowell wrote:

      >I am also interested in producing documents, or other aids, in
      >support of my personna presentation. But unfortunately (for this
      >purpose at least) I travel extensively and need to emulate period
      >printing using computers. Does anyone have any suggestions for
      >obtaining a realistic 16th Century English digital type face/font.
      >I have a page of an early King James edition from a Bible
      >restoration company but have been technically incapable of
      >converting it to a type face usable in larger type sizes.
      >I know Garamond is one of the leading type designers of the period
      >but in available Garamond type faces "the sixteenth-century Garamond
      >types have been redrawn to fit twentieth-century expectations".

      There is a font called Poliphilus who's characters are from the
      famous Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, published in 1499. The characters
      aren't based on the ones in the book, they're exact scans (though
      some modern characters have been created to round out the standard
      ASCII set). Of course, it's going to be more regular than the
      original printing, but it's much better looking for our purposes than
      most fonts based on early printing. There's an italic that's based on
      another early typeface (not from the HP, as it doesn't use an italic
      face) that works well with Poliphilus called Blado. I'm afraid
      they're both commercial typefaces, but very reasonably priced. I
      think I paid about 30$ for each.

      http://www.fonts.com/FindFonts/detail.htm?pid=205255 <- Poliphilus on Fonts.com
      http://www.fonts.com/findfonts/detail.htm?pid=205254 <- Blado on same.

      If you're looking for a textura font to emulate early gothic printed
      work, there's a font called 1454 Gutenberg Bibel (sic) which purports
      to be scanned from an early copy of the, you guessed it, Gutenberg
      Bible. This is a free font available from several font download
      sites, so it isn't quite as fancy as the two mentioned above, and is
      very much less readable, but if you're looking for a proper printed
      textura, this does pretty well.

      http://www.dafont.com/1454-gutenberg-bibe.font <- the font from DaFont.com.

      Another that's pretty good, but more modernized than the last is one
      called JSL Blackletter. It's not based on a particular book or
      surviving typeface, but it gets a good feel going. The guy who makes
      it makes a couple of other interesting looking fonts I've just
      noticed. I've never played with either of them, though.

      Auf wiedersehen!
      "..Um..Something strange happened to me this morning."

      "Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort
      of Sun God robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked
      women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?"


      "Why am I the only person that has that dream?"

      -Real Genius
    • bec_tonkin
      ... Hours or a Bible of the late 15th C.? For the type of Bible, the Latin Vulgate would be available to England in 1470-1500. Even printed copies. A whole
      Message 49 of 49 , Feb 23, 2008
        --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, julian wilson <smnco37@...>
        > Gentles of The List,
        > while this thread is current - may I add another question?
        > Can anyone recommend a modern facsimile of a medieval Book of
        Hours or a Bible of the late 15th C.?

        For the type of Bible, the Latin Vulgate would be available to
        England in 1470-1500. Even printed copies. A whole Bible would be
        more expensive and less common than a Psalter (the Psalms). Amazon
        has plain modern printed Latin Vulgate Bibles for sale. You can also
        get facsimile Gutenberg bibles (http://www.greatsite.com/facsimile-
        reproductions/gutenberg-1455.html) but I think $9,500 might be e bit
        more than you'd want to pay...
        There are facsimile editions online, here's links to a couple:
        It might be worth looking in a Catholic bookstore to see what they
        have or could order in.
        Alternatively, digital editions are relatively common, and you could
        print one out for personal use. Google around for one.

        Books of Hours were often used by lay people, more so than Bibles,
        but modern versions suffer from similar problems as Bibles -
        facsimiles are made with very high quality and are exorbitantly
        expensive, and making one yourself is very time consuming. Cheap ones
        don't seem to be around.
        The Artz Hours are online here:
        A facsimile edition of the Simon Bening (c.1500) Book of Hours is
        available from the New York Public Library, but it says POA, which I
        would say means $$$.
        There is a Hypertext book of hours online at
        which is useful in understanding how much and what is in a book of
        hours, if you decided to have a go at making one yourself.
        This site is also useful:

        If you are not too concerned with having an extremely accurate book,
        one way to go might be to get the text of what you would like to see
        on display - either the Bible, the Psalms, or a Book of Hours, print
        it yourself in a suitable font, and hand-decorate it. Same method as
        used by Gutenberg, just rather different technology...

        Hope that helps,

        PS - searching back through the archives here might bring up some
        useful info too.

        > As Christians in the Service of King Henry VII, my Lady and I
        have a small altar in our exhibition-level, period-furnished,
        sleeping tent, - and as an extra display item for this Seasion, I'm
        making a copy of a nice 15th C. little Prieu Dieu that I saw and
        measured-up in a Church in Venice in 2005; - and I'd love to gift my
        Lady with a facsimile prayer book to add to that little display.
        > Listers' suggestions and recommendations will be gratefully
        > In humble Service to The Light, and to Drachenwald,
        > Matthew Baker
        > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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