142.—Italian Round Gothic Small Letters. 16th Century.details

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142.—Italian Round Gothic Small Letters. 16th Century.

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Example of 16th century Italian gothic letters, or blackletter.

The three pages of examples, Figures 141, 142 and 143, exhibit the characteristic forms and standard variations of the Round Gothic. In lieu of any detailed analysis of these letter shapes, it may perhaps be sufficient to say that they were wholly and exactly determined by the position of the quill, which was held rigidly upright, after the fashion

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