Maison Dentaire, No32
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Even though Frederic Goudy was a prolific type designer (with multiple typefaces named after him), Gascogne is not one of his own. It was designed by Walter Florenz Brendel, based on Goudy Light Old Style.
Here is a sample of Goudy’s original from D.J.R. Bruckner’s book about Goudy’s work (Abrams, 1990): Monotype 38-E Roman. Gascogne shares most of the original lettershapes, albeit less irregular. In contrast to Gascogne, 38-E had oldstyle numerals, and ligatures.
Thanks for clarifying this, and for sharing a specimen of Goudy’s 38, Matthijs!
I don’t know if Walter Florenz Brendel (1930–1992) personally designed Gascogne, but it’s correct that this typeface originated at his Brendel Type Studio. The idea was to take existing designs and make them more usable for contemporary use by expanding them to a range of weights, often including outline and shadow variants, and typically raising the x-height. In this regard, the approach was not unlike ITC’s (see e.g. their text=Cheltenham, Souvenir or Korinna). What’s different between ITC’s adaptations and Brendel’s is, as far as I understand it, that the latter weren’t always authorized or licensed, and didn’t keep the original names. In some cases, Brendel copied and expanded relatively new designs from contemporary type designers, with minute changes. In the 1980s, Brendel’s “Serial” typefaces were available from Typeshop, a chain of phototypesetting studios with offices in several European countries.