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Can someone please identify this font? (COURIER de MOLDAVIE)

Andrei Barbu
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Hi, I found this on first romanian newspaper from Feb/18/1790 and was just wondering what is the font used in this title and body text. Can you help me to identify the origins? Thanks :)





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I’m afraid they aren’t the same typeface.

Your 1922 sample appears to be Ronaldson, introduced by MacKellar, Smith & Jordan in 1884.

I’ll have to do some work on the other samples in Photoshop to see if I can get a decent enough image to match....

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The nameplate (Courier de Moldavie)—type and image—is likely one entire hand-engraved block.

The body copy appears to be an early Garamond/Jannon face, but there isn’t enough detail in your samples to pin it down further.


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Similar, yes, but I’m still not convinced.

Caslon wasn’t widely used on the continent (England and the American Colonies, yes, Europe, no) in the late 18th century. It’s unlikely that a French language publication would use it in that era.

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I don’t think it was a case of access, but of politics—England and the continent were at odds during this time, and a French or Francophone publication using an English typeface strikes me as unlikely.

Some history on Polish printing of the era:

https://books.google.com/books?id=sbacAQAAQBAJ&pg=PA474&lpg=PA474&dq=18th+Century+POlish+type+foundries?&source=bl&ots=xYc_GE-9KN&sig=-D3D8-czryRDDDMJmzgc3-Aks_Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjYhMWT_d7XAhUP8YMKHau9AMwQ6AEINDAF#v=onepage&q=18th Century POlish type foundries%3F&f=false

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