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Date: 1506

Designer:
Wolfgang Hoppyl

Foundry:
Hoppyl founder and printer

Location:
Paris, France

Current equivalent:
HTF Historical Allsorts - English Textura

See also:
MT Old English Text, Ancient Black, Cloister Black

Technologies:
Wood
Metal (foundry)

Famous for:
Early archetypal anglicised blackletter.

Applications: Religious and Devotional

Ubiquity:
Very rarely used

Category:
Blackletter Textura

Stress: Vertical
Serifs: Calligraphic

Design history:
The blackletter style which became synonymous with 'Old English Text'. Wolfgang Hoppyl was a printer and founder based in Paris, who worked for English clients prior to the advent of English book printing. He produced an anglicised blackletter that departed from traditional German and Low Country forms, and incorporated highly decorative capitals. Hoppyl was famous for his use of decorated title pages. The Hoppyl Textura was adopted by early English printers such as Pynson, at a time when English orthography was still essentially saxon (Germanic or gothic), rather than roman or latin. As a consequence there is often a confusion in America as to what kind of type 'Olde English' refers to.

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