The Way of Peace by William Trevelyan Browne
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Monotype’s digital Skjald originated at Agfa, before there was OpenType. The font includes the round W (and other original glyphs), but not as stylistic alternate: it is rather accessible by typing the fraction ¾, or also the Greek character pi (π). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Curious they didn’t make the round W the default.
Having looked at the character set now, do you know what the deal is with that tilde?
That thing was part of the original metal font, too. Shown below is a detail from ATF’s Collective Specimen Book (1895/96), scan courtesy of David M. MacMillan.
It’s apparently a decorative piece that can be used as border element, or to mark a chapter ending, etc. No connection to the tilde other than that’s the codepoint assigned to the glyph. The other dingbat shown in the 60 point line – some sort of curly bullet or separator – isn’t included in the digital version.
Typothetae is the name of the all-caps version that came first. Once a lowercase was added, the foundry renamed the design to Skjald – but continued to offer the all-caps Typothetae, too.
Fascinating! It would be neat to see a digitization of that smaller optical cut used in ‘Typothetae Series’.
It is looking a little muddy though—not quite optimized for that size. I guess Skjald only shines in display format, and is arguably too outdated to expect someone to do more with it—although I have been getting enamored with these 1900s typefaces lately. Time will tell.