Konrad Kachelhofen was a printer in the city of Leipzig beginning around 1483. He printed many works by contemporary authors and also many of the classics. He acquired an unusually large amount of typefaces for his shop, a place that included a wine bar and book store.
Jobst Gutknecht was a highly successful printer in the city of Nuremburg from 1514 to 1542.
He published the “Achtliederbuch” (the first Lutheran hymnal, with a whole 4 tunes) and many
works by Martin Luther. This font is an accurate “recutting” of the font face Gutknecht used for the
body text in his printed works. It has been extended to over 900 glyphs adding hundreds for modern use. It also presents many ancient things like old ligatures such as “tz”, a hedera, and alternate style pilcrow
for visual interest. And for those conservative types the modern lower case “k” is also available.
It’s cool to be square.
Inspired by a text from the 1930’s this font has a power and boldness at once expressing strength and fluidity at the same time.
Useful in any situation where you want to seize the eye and hold its attention. Gaspardo does just that much like a cat that is always in your face but nevertheless is soft yet muscular and a joy to be around.
Can you imagine the delight that the printers of the Incunabula era would have had if they had such a tool as this font with a hundred and fifty glyphs of decorative capitals. The printers of that era were lucky to have more than a handful such delights.