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Font from a survey chart of the Australian coast from around 1800. I love the way it looks, especially the way the 'l' loops

I want to use this font for the text on a globe of the world.
asked by Tim Nov 2, 2018

2 Answers

+1 vote

Maps from this period almost exclusively use engraved lettering, not type. For a digital typeface, see MVB Sirenne, a font family inspired by 18th-century engraved lettering and shares a lot characteristics with this style. You’re on your own for the looped ‘l’, however. That’s a peculiarity of this particular engraver and it’s not common in roman (upright) type.

answered by Stewf Expert (3,357 points) Nov 2, 2018
edited by Stewf Nov 2, 2018

On a hunch, I checked out the glyph map—there is an alternate looped l in MVB Sirenne.

Hah! That’s actually a mathematical symbol or alternate form for “litre”. But sure!

Because it’s meant to be used with numbers it doesn't space or look the way you’d expect an ‘l’ to look.

Ah, so that’s why it doesn’t show up when you toggle on the stylistic alternates with preview copy that includes a lowercase l—it’s not considered an alternate for that character.

But, with a bit of scaling. skewing, and kerning, Tim might be able to make it mimic his sample.
+1 vote

Circa 1800, all the type on this map would have been hand engraved, not typeset.

This site specializes in historical map fonts, but a quick look through their offerings didn’t turn up anything that contained that looped l.

answered by kthomps5 Expert (2,442 points) Nov 2, 2018