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Old 04-13-2014, 07:02 AM   #1
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Help choosing a font please

In After Dark by Wilkie Collins some people are trying to decide on a title for a book. The text contains:

'I opened my writing desk in a great flutter. The doctor selected the largest sheet of paper and the broadest nibbed pen he could find, and wrote in majestic round-text letters, with alternate thin and thick strokes beautiful to see, the two cabalistic words:'

I have attached the first draft of an image for the title using Bookman Old Style. Can anyone suggest another font which might fit the above description better?
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:03 AM   #2
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I really like the Bookman font but another good one is Century Schoolbook.

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Bodoni has distinctly think and thick strokes, especially in the heavier weights.
Domani is even more extreme, and has some swash capitals
Moliere is similar.
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I think that requires a more handwritten font, unless you are using it for some running text.

Like this (not really "alternate thin and thick strokes", though).

Maybe this
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Or the "flowing" category of fonts over at fontspace...
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Are you looking for a calligraphy font? Two that I have used and like are
Eagle Lake
http://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Eagle+Lake

Sail
https://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Sail

Also some of the Kingthing calligraphy fonts are quite nice, you have to scroll around to get past some comic/novelty fonts.
http://www.kingthingsfonts.co.uk/fonts/fonts.htm

If you want a "formal" font, a la Bookman, with extreme thick-thin contrast, I like Abril Fatface, and have used it several times for titling.
https://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Abril+Fatface

Yesiva One is a favorite of mine, and has a calligraphic feeling
http://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Yeseva+One

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Old 04-14-2014, 02:25 AM   #7
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Thanks so much for all the suggestions - I'm feeling quite overwhelmed for choices and it will take me a while to decide.

As I looked at the fonts I remembered that that Leah and William and the Doctor are talking about a titlepage of a book to be published in the early 19th century. I think I need to take that into consideration also - to make it more 'life like.'
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