Astrophel & Stella by Philip Sidney, Nonesuch Press
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Something I mean to investigate if I can is where the swash cap and terminal form in the last picture came from. As far as I’m aware Monotype didn’t sell Bembo italic with swashes.
The 'a’s with and without terminal forms seem quite similar, so it isn’t obviously a borrowing from a different font. Nor does the 'A’ match either Garamond or Centaur’s swash capitals, or the one Monotype now includes with Fairbank (although I believe that’s not original anyway). Monotype made some custom letters for the Nonesuch Press for Plantin and Baskerville, but I haven’t seen mention of any for Bembo.