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Date: 1793

Designer:
Johann Gottlieb Immanuel Breitkopf

Foundry:
Breitkopf founder and printer

Location:
Leipzig, Germany

Current equivalent:
Breitkopf Fraktur (digitised by Dieter Steffmann)

See also:
URW Breitkopf Fraktur D by Ralph Unger

Technologies:
Metal (foundry)
Postscript
Truetype

Famous for:
Evolutionary model of blackletter Fraktur.

Applications: Religious and Devotional

Ubiquity:
Not widely used

Category:
Blackletter Fraktur

Stress: Angled
Serifs: Calligraphic

Design history:
Breitkopf Fraktur was the preferred Fraktur of the German Baroque period. With wider proportions and a lower x-height than its predecessors, this graceful gothic type was modelled on the Neudörffer-Andreä Fraktur that had been used by Albrecht Durer in several of his works. Johann Breitkopf was a printer and type designer of Leipzig, well known for designing musical notation, who designed this eponymous type in the last year of his life. Thought by many to be the 'classic' Fraktur, it was immediately successful and remained popular until the advent of the 20th century, when it was recast by a number of foundries.

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picture: Blandford Press