Germany and the Germans by John Ardagh
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There used to be a Palatino BQ that Berthold (the real, German one) marketed at the beginning of the 1990s, and which looked a lot more like the metal and phototypesetting versions than the “toned down” Adobe one. It was a PS font, and I doubt it was ever upgraded to OT.
That’s correct, Stéphane. Palatino BQ was made in 1992, shortly before H. Berthold AG went bankrupt. Just like Berthold’s phototype version, which provided the basis, it harked back to Zapf’s original design as released by Stempel in 1950. Here’s an overview of the basic roman glyphs from Palatino BQ.
Here’s the catch, though: The “toning down” didn’t start with Adobe. Already in the 1950s, Zapf himself revised his design, and tamed some of the more calligraphic glyphs, following the preferences of two American designers. Here’s a comment I recently posted on Typedrawers:
On Zapf’s first visit to the U.S. in 1951, W.A. Dwiggins and typographer Franz C. Hess suggested to alter several letterforms. In addition to p q [seriffed descenders] w [apex no longer above x-height], this also affected s S (no horizontal middle segment), v y (bilateral left serif), and E F (seriffed middle bar). Hess was the first adopter of Palatino in the U.S. and crucial in its popularization. The revised letterforms were produced by Stempel as foundry type for Anglo-American markets and were made available as alternates elsewhere, too. The tamed glyphs probably also provided the basis for the adaptation by the American Linotype in 1956, and subsequently for most digital versions. Berthold used to have a digital version (and previously a phototype version) based on the 1950 cut, but it is no longer distributed.Most of this information is taken from Nikolaus Weichselbaumer’s book, which I can wholeheartedly recommend, especially for its wealth of such well-researched detail facts.
Weichselbaumer’s book is near the top of my long list of things to purchase. In the meantime Robert Bringhurst’s own exhaustive recent study of Palatino was a pleasure to read. My own collection of Zapfiana is spilling into its second IKEA Kallax cubelet.
Actually, the Berthold version is available free on various web sites, under various names. The best version I have found is named 'Palmer’, and there is also one called 'Palio’. I have edited the glyphs where they were corrupt, and I now have the complete set. There is also an 'Aldus BQ’ that is slightly different from the one sold by Linotype.
You may be able to find and download files of Berthold’s version and derivatives thereof, but that doesn’t give you a valid license to use these fonts. If it’s for your private study, that might be inconsequential. As soon as it’s about producing published work, I strongly recommend to steer clear of abandonware and unlicensed copies floating around on the internet, in your own interest and that of your clients.
There is no 'owner’ for these fonts anymore, and I use them as I see fit.