Type Anatomy: Lexi Day

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Of The Friendship of Amis and Amile by William Morris, published 1894, photo taken in MASC at WSU

For my example, I chose to took at the fairytale type book Of The Friendship of Amis and Amile by William Morris, which was published in 1894. The book is 67 pages and categorized as “medieval poetry”. 500 copies were published and it was published by Kelmscott Press, making this small book very rare.

The font in the book is very ‘old world’, where the words use a more ‘wavy’ type, as every letter is curved in some way. There are no traditional serifs, but the ends of the  letters gets smaller toward a point, from the larger thicker middle. Most noticeable on the capital L, and on the word “Lucca”, and the letter u. The letters look as though they could have been hand written, but are in fact made from an early type printer. There is red writing in the upper right hand corner, where it gives the name of the chapter. The font looks very calligraphic, and in order to signify a new paragraph the book uses a small leaf. The font is hard to distinguish from upper to lowercase, as the letters all stand on the same baseline, or are roughly the same height all through it. The letters relate to the text, as it feels very ‘old world’ and fairytale, which is what the plot of the story roughly is.  There is also the fancy letter in the beginning of the second paragraph on this page. It is also used to signify a more important second paragraph, rather than the leaf just signifying a normal change in paragraph. The fancy “T” is a bit of a more different font than the other normal areas of the book, in order to stand out from the rest of the page.

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