John Foster who rights the Accidental Mysteries post series on Design Observer scouted out these lovely examples of Fraktur. They are from a beautiful book with the very long title, “The Proper Art of Writing: A Compilation of All Sorts of Capital or Initial Letters of German, Latin and Italian Fonts from Different Masters of the Noble Art of Writing.” The title looks even longer in German, so I won’t go there.
What I find most fascinating about Fraktur is how intricate some of the forms can get. This intricacy is especially evident in these specimens. Can you just imagine how long these forms took to make and how much thought went into planning each stroke?
In awesome news, the copyright on this book has expired, so it’s now within the public domain! …AND the entire book can be viewed in PDF form courtesy of Open Library!
Here is another of my favorite pages because I just can’t resist: