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Tuscan Shaded, Preliminary Working Specimen | by The Type Heritage Project [THP]
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Tuscan Shaded, Preliminary Working Specimen

This sweet little tuscan, shown by Eduard Hænel (Berlin) in 1847, appeared in Great Britain over a decade later: Caslon and Miller & Richard, in 1860; J. Wood, in 1862 (smaller size with the shading on the opposite edge).¹


In the US, Boston TF showed it in 1860; Farmer, in 1867; Bruce, in 1869. The MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan catalog of ≤1867² identifies it as Tuscan Shaded, the earliest known tradename.


Bauer attributes Hænel's success to importing roman types from England and France,³ so the origin is most likely French.


¹Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, pages 202-203. Faber and Faber Limited, London.

²The date 1867 is deduced from the stereotyped(?) specimen published by MSJ in July 1869, which is imprinted L. Johnson & Company while other pages are marked MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan. According to Maurice Annenberg [164], “Lawrence Johnson died on April 26, 1860, but the firm continued to operate and distribute type catalogs with his name until 1867.”

³Bauer, Friedrich (Offenbach 1929); Reichardt, Hans (Frankfurt 2011): Chronik der Schriftgießereien in Deutschland und den deutschsprachigen Nachbarländern. Courtesy of the Klingspor Museum.


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Taken on February 4, 2014