Roman type

Roman type

In Typography, "roman" type has two principal meanings, both stemming from the stylistic origin of text typefaces from inscriptional capitals used in ancient Rome:

* one of the major families of traditional typefaces as a synonym for serif or antiqua fonts.

* the "regular" or upright counterpart of an italic or oblique typeface, regardless of whether the type design is seriffed or a sans serif.

Popular roman styles include Bembo, Baskerville, Caslon, Bodoni, Times New Roman and Garamond.

The name "roman" is customarily applied uncapitalized distinguishing early Italian typefaces of the Renaissance period and most subsequent seriffed types based on them, from Roman letters dating from classical antiquity. [Bringhurst, Robert (2002). "The Elements of Typographic Style" (version 2.5). Vancouver: Hartley & Marks. ISBN 0-88179-133-4. Often referred to simply as "Bringhurst", "Elements" is widely respected as the current authority on typographic style for Latin typography] [Nesbitt, Alexander "The History and Technique of Lettering" (c) 1957, Dover Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-486-40281-9, Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number: 57-13116. The Dover edition is an abridged and corrected republication of the work originally published in 1950 by Prentice-Hall, Inc. under the title "Lettering: The History and Technique of Lettering as Design"]

ee also

*History of western typography


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