Ptolemy | Typeface

A letter from Sancho Panza to his wife
A Ptolemy revival, after 1482 and 1927
March, 2015 | Typography | Haute école des arts du Rhin
Participant : Jérôme Knebusch

In 1927, Ashendene Press edits the story of Don Quixote de la Mancha de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616 ). For this publishing, Hornby, Walker and Cockerel draw a character that they name “Ptolemy”, according to the one that Lienhart Holle (printer based in Ulm) created in 1482 for the work Cosmographia; which is an important cartographic publishing made by Claudius Ptolemaeus. The goal of the workshop was to redraw the Ptolemy, a character which is halfway Gothic and Roman (“Gotico-Antiqua”). To date, it doesn’t exist under a digital shape, but it will possibly be spread into bold and italic versions.
The workshop consists of calligraphic exercises in order to better understand the transition between calligraphy and typography.

Don_Quixote_52Présentation ptolémy18












Photos : Jérôme Knebusch



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