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Love’sLabour font

Love’sLabour font

I found the template for this font in an old paperback book on ornamentry. Quite naturally it’s an image copied from a still much older book showing a sample of writing entitled: ‘Form of a Dainty Slanted Chancery Hand’. The caption in my ornamentry book doesn’t name a source apart from calling the image hazily ‘Calligraphy France 16th century’ — a claim which obviously can’t be true. For not only the text but the style of writing as well are definitely German. No French calligrapher would have used German to demonstrate his skills or tried them on such an outlandish blackletter-derived cursive; therefore I’m left guessing. Since throughout the centuries most German writing masters kept publishing their books at Nuremberg that’s the chancery sample’s most likely place of origin too — but when was it created and by whom? There are lots of candidates from Wolfgang Fugger in the 16th century to Michael Baurenfeind at the beginning of the 18th. My guess would be the latter. Lastly I’ve come upon an image from Baurenfeind’s 1716 book Vollkommene Wiederherstellung der (…) Schreib-Kunst (= ‘Complete Restitution of the (…) Art of Writing’ — believe me you don’t want to know the whole extent of the book’s monster title). Said image displays another writing sample called ‘Form of…’ – the inital F being an identical twin to the one in my template.

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