Italian Oldstyle designed by Frederic Goudy in 1924 has now been digitized by Paul Hunt. This new font is not to be confused with the font "Adobe Italian Oldstyle MT", which is an earlier design from 1911 based on William Morris's Golden Type based on Nicholas Jenson's Roman face. Goudy went back to Jenson's original Roman and other Renaissance Roman faces for his inspiration and the result is what many consider to be the best Renaissance face adapted for modern use. Bruce Rogers was one of the biggest admirers of this face. He designed the original specimen book for Italian Oldstyle in 1924 using his trademark ornament arrangement. This specimen is a classic example of Rogers's design and Italian Oldstyle in an exceptional setting.
The light weights of LTC Italian Oldstyle were digitized from display sizes (14, 18, 24, 30, 36 pt) and the regular weights were digitized from smaller composition sizes (8,10,12 pt.). The fitting for the regular weights is noticeably looser to allow for better setting at small sizes. Very few font revivals take this approach.
This family is available at a discount in the Lanston Collection