Bookman (typeface)

Bookman (typeface)

Infobox font
name = Bookman

style = Serif
classifications = Old Style
based_on = Old Style Antique
date = 1860
creator = Alexander Phemister
Chauncey H. Griffith
Ed Benguiat
foundry = Bruce Type Foundry
American Type Founders
Lanston Monotype
shown here = Bookman Oldstyle by Monotype Imaging|

Bookman or Bookman Old Style is a serif typeface derived from Old Style Antique designed by Alexander Phemister in 1858 for Miller and Richard foundry. Several American foundries copied the design, including the Bruce Type Foundry, and issued it under various names. In 1901, Bruce refitted their design, made a few other improvements, and rechristened it Bartlett Oldstyle. When Bruce was taken over by ATF shortly thereafter, they changed the name to Bookman Oldstyle.

Bookman was designed as an alternative to Caslon, with straighter serifs, making it more suitable for book and display applications. It maintains its legibility at small sizes, and can be used successfully for headlines and in advertising. In 1936, Chauncey H. Griffith of the American Linotype foundry developed a revival.

ITC Bookman

ITC Bookman is a revival designed by Ed Benguiat in 1975, for the International Typeface Corporation. Benguiat developed a full family of four weights plus complementary cursive designs. Benguiat also drew a suite of swash and alternate characters for each of the members of the family. This version adds a large x-height and moderate stroke contrast to improve legibility.

Fonts for swash and alternate characters were eventually released in OpenType versions of the fonts [ [ What's Hot From ITC: January 2006] ] , or separately as ITC Bookman Swash.

ITC Bookman Light, Light Italic, Demi, Demi Italic became part of Adobe PostScript 3 Font Set.

It is also called 'Revival 711' by Bitstream, 'BM' by Itek.

Monotype version

Monotype Bookman Old Style, marketed as Bookman Old Style, was designed by Ong Chong Wah. It is based on earlier Lanston Monotype and ATF models. The italic was redrawn following the style of the Old style Antique italics of Miller and Richard, but also incorporates the italic features from ITC Bookman. Though the face's title includes the word 'Old Style,' the near vertical stress of the face places it more in the transitional classification. This version include support of Cyrillic, Greek, extended Latin characters.

It was bundled with Microsoft Office products since version 4.3, and in TrueType Font Pack. Retail version of the font was released in 2005 via Linotype.

Jukebox Bookman

It is a revival of the original Bookman family by Alexander C. Phemister and Chauncey H. Griffith, designed by Jason Walcott and published by Veer.

This family includes 6 fonts, with complementary italic, and 2 swash designs for each of the roman and italic fonts.


External links

* [ Typowiki:Bookman]
* [ Microsoft Typography page]
* [ Bookman Old Style Font Family - by Ong Chong Wah]
* [ MyFonts: Bookman]
* [;pgLASg;20000522075703-0400 Re: Type factoids]
* [ ITC Bookman/ITC Tabula]
* [ ITC Bookman by Adobe Font Family - by Edward Benguiat]
* [ Bookman JF]
* [ TeX Gyre Bonum] variant based on URW bookman L

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