Italian Old Style, designed by Frederic Goudy in 1924, was digitized by Paul Hunt in 2007. In 2013, it has been updated by James Grieshaber and is now offered as a pro font. The newly expanded pro font includes all of the original ligatures, plus small caps and expanded language coverage in all 4 pro styles.
LTC Italian Old Style is not to be confused with the English Monotype font also called "Italian Old Style", which is an earlier design from 1911 based on William Morris's Golden Type that is 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 Italian Old Style and designed the original specimen book for Italian Old Style in 1924 using his trademark ornament arrangement. These ornaments are now contained in the pro versions of the Roman styles- Regular Pro and Light Pro.
The light weights of LTC Italian Old Style were digitized from larger 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.
Please note that in order to make use of the Opentype features such as ligatures, small caps, expanded language coverage and ornaments, you will require an application such as Adobe Creative Suite or Quark 7 (or higher) that supports Opentype features. The basic styles contained under the single style tabs do not include these features and are provided for Office product users.
This family is available at a discount in the Lanston Collection