Jan van Krimpen
No direct modern equivalent exists
Spectrum, Cancellaresca Bastarda by the same designer, Joanna by Eric Gill
Innovative and prestigious 20th century text face.
Applications: Book Publishing & General Purpose Text Setting
Very rarely used
20th century Serif Roman
Jan Van Krimpen, working as the chief designer for the Dutch foundry and printer Enschedé, designed this 20th century text face in 1928 to be used for the first time in a limited edition of Homer, printed in 1931. Twenty years later, Van Krimpen was still dissatisfied with the relationship between the roman and italic and designed an italic of his own to go with Romanée. Condensed, with prominent serifed descenders and only a slight incline, this lowercase cursive is similar to the italic faces of Eric Gill. Although Romanée was apparently digitised by Fred Smeijers for the Enschedé Type Foundry, it is yet to be released as a digital font.