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20 line Tuscan Egyptian

This face made its first appearance in wood in the 1877 Specimens of Wood Type by Vanderburgh and Wells.¹ The heavy, bracketed, slab serifs betray its Antique/Egyptian roots. In fact, a number of Tuscan Egyptian’s characters are interchangeable with Egyptian Ornamented, but this capital A distinguishes itself with a unique, V-shaped crossbar. It has the appearance of a Frankenstein-combination of a splayed-stem capital M topped with an inverted capital V.

¹ Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection