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duoikari
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Feb 17, 2011, 07:47 PM
 
I am currently redesigning alice in wonderland for a project at my uni, and i am trying to find out what font was used for the body text, i think it's baskerville or times, but the w's and e's are different so i thought i'd ask you guys. Also on another note does anyone know any websites or books about conceptual typographic books
     
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Feb 18, 2011, 08:46 AM
 
I highly recomment WhatTheFont! « MyFonts for guessing fonts. Upload a sample and boom.

However, my first guess also put this at baskerville, but then I decided sabon was closer. Depending on how old this book is, that is. This is not Times.

Do you have to spec the type precisely?
     
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Feb 19, 2011, 09:48 AM
 
ah cheers i will try it there, i also don't think it's sabon cos the w's are different, the capital ones are anyway. The have asked me if i can find out the original text but since it was originally done in 1865 i can't contact the company that done it because i doubt they will know now. i was wondering if it was by john bell not sure what the font was called but i see it in a typography book.
     
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Feb 19, 2011, 10:05 AM
 
No, it’s definitely not Sabon, and it’s not Baskerville either. It’s too rounded for Sabon, and not round enough for Baskerville.

It does look a bit like Bell, but it’s not that either. It does look very familiar, but I can’t place it. Perhaps a custom variant mixture of Baskerville and an Aldine type of sorts? If it’s from 1865, there’s a chance it’s an in-house type made by the setters themselves …
     
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Feb 19, 2011, 11:18 AM
 
Sounds like you need to research fonts that were around then. Sabon is a modern reinterpretation of Baskerville.

Also, if you are comparing that scanned sample to modern versions there will be differences.

My new guess, based on A and G, is Janson.
     
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Feb 21, 2011, 08:19 AM
 
right checked the font against what's my font and it come up with
-Royal Romain
-Vertrina
-Adobe Jenson Subhead Light
(none of these are close btw)

I have the actually book, with the original text and illustrations, i don't really need to say 'well that's baskerville so i am doing the font in baskerville'. But my tutor does want me to see if i can find a font near it, that's why i thought it might be garamond or baskerville even, cos i checked against my fonts in the font book and it seemed the nearest and was garmond. But the g's and w's are what confuse me. I will probably use sabon or garamond in the version i shall design
     
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Feb 23, 2011, 08:49 AM
 
I agree: some variant of Garamond is probably what comes closest. While Baskerville is quite close in many respects, it has a completely different feel to it than this one does.

Your next step is to trawl through the bajillion different variations of Garamond there are, trying to find the best one.
     
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Feb 28, 2011, 01:13 PM
 
oh btw i did find the text it was bookman, but an old style managed to get it off the net, cheers guys <3
     
   
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