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February 26th, 2011

Comparison of Jenson revivals

Compare these.

http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/lanston/ltc-cloister/oldstyle/

http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/jenson/subh/

These are very similar typefaces. I say the century-old standard, Cloister Old Style, probably remains the better for lengthy text. Adobe Jenson may be prettier, but it has more of what I call a strobing effect, like stripes on television.

(Centaur is prettier still, and not very strobey, but emphasizes a modern elegance over historical authenticity, and so perhaps ought to be grouped separately.)

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