Specimen Sunday

Amsterdam Continental Types and Graphic Equipment Inc., Specimen No. 540 A

Page 6 (verso) of an eight page, saddle-stitched pamphlet letterpress printed (three colors) in Germany. This page spotlights Normande Italic and a condensed, reversed, and shadowed variant of Normande, called Regina.

Detail of Normande Italic

Words cannot fully express my love for the thick/thin contrast, ball terminals, and swash tails of the supremely Romantic¹ Normande Italic.

¹In his essential text The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst describes Romantic typefaces from the 18th and 19th centuries as having “high contrast; intensified rationalist axis; abrupt, thin serifs; round terminals; small aperture; [and] fully subjugated italic.”