Civitype FG

In 1557 the French engraver Robert Granjon developped a typeface called "CivilitÚ". Its characters imitate French cursiva letters of the Renaissance. Stephen G. Moye published his take on that face in 1991 as a public domain font called "Civitype" It contained a number of swash letters as well, among others an s with a flourish, in the slot for the German double s (▀).

Since the font was PD I had no scruples to design my own '▀'. Now the flourish s had to go elsewhere. That's how it all started. I discovered that the character combination 'ld' did not work properly, so I made another 'd'. Thinking that the swash 'w' did not look good in the middle of a word (more common in German than in English), I cut off the swash and placed the ornamented character into another slot. And so on.

To cut a long story short: Now there are many character variants in odd places where they don't really belong. But reachable through the Windows character map which was sometimes the only way of using extended characters back then. In particular, I used the accented uppercase vowels. I did not change that atrocity when I made a revision of my font collection in 2013. Sorry about that, but you get what you paid for ;-)




The font is freeware for personal and commercial use, but this version is not in the Public Domain. Please mind the Fontgrube distribution policy laid down in the readme file of the font archive.