What Type Are You?
Most of us know what a “font” is. Some call it a “typeface” or “typestyle.” We speak casually of double spaced 12 pt Times Roman for manuscripts. Helvetica for headlines. Script for flourishes and decorations.
But before 1440 (when Gutenburg introduced moveable type to Europe), the “hand” of the monk or scribe would be the deciding factor in the lettering design. Just as handwriting varies with the individual, so the little nuances of the copier’s lettering could be identified.