Some of you may know Ingo Preuss from typeforum.de. He also runs his own foundry, preussTYPE, and just finished polishing off a brand new revival of Johann Michael Fleischmann’s Groote Canon Duits, an ornate baroque blackletter. The detailed specimen PDFs in German and English provide both extensive samples and fascinating details on the type’s historical background. The font works even better in combination with Preuss’ new Baroque Borders fonts, shown in this PDF specimen.
Preuss’ version, Fleischmann Gotisch PT, may well be the most ambitiously complete single blackletter font yet. It supports Western and Central European characters and beyond. It also contains, for the first time, harmoniously designed punctuation and currency symbols, as well as a number of ornaments, ligatures and alternates.
It also features some contextual code to correctly substitute the long s character in about 85% of any given German text set in the font: a major feat within the lookup table limitations of OpenType. There are also both proportional and tabular versions of lining and oldstyle numerals and even a set of Roman numerals. Preuss also added a few custom ligatures to address spacing problems unique to this design, mostly arising from ornate bulbous terminals.
Yet Preuss also took great effort to adhere to Fleischmann’s original designs and avoid including certain revisions added through the centuries as other foundries re-implemented the original in advancing industrial type technologies and changing tastes. The result is another flagship example of the latest smart-font technology helping contemporary typography close in on the quality standards that had to be sacrificed to technical compromise in previous decades.
The fonts are available for sale both directly from preussTYPE and at MyFonts.com.