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                                                                         – Ed.

      OME years ago, when I got wind that       detritus, I came upon a treasure trove of
       Stephenson Blake were shuƫng down        Verona type, all in unopened packets. Many
       their type foundry works in Sheffield, I   of these packets could have been cast a long
rang Tom Blake to see what type he had leŌ.     Ɵme ago. The labels were faded and the point
Tom told me that if I got down to Sheffield, I    size details difficult to read. But I sensed that I
could scrabble around on the second floor and    would never get the change again to buy mint
give him an offer for anything I was interested  founders type of this nature—and so it has
in that I could find.                            proved!
   The works were a sad figment of their
past glory, but on my knees and poking under       Verona was first produced by Stephenson
some furniture amongst a lot of dust and        Blake in 1919 and was one of the most
                                                popular typefaces in the wide Stephenson
                                                Blake repertory. It owes its origin to Jenson, as
                                                do many of the twenƟeth-century typefaces.
                                                Stephenson Blake say that Verona's popularity
                                                is mainly due to two factors: The basic
                                                tradiƟonal soundness of the design and the
                                                very full range, making it very suitable for
                                                display typography. So when I went home
                                                with fonts of both Roman and Italic from
                                                24pt to 6pt (except that sadly there was no
                                                12pt) I was very pleased. I parƟcularly like the
                                                Roman, where the ligatures of 'ct' and 'st' are
                                                parƟcularly aƩracƟve.

                                                   The accompanying picture on the next page
                                                is from the special 'Specimen Book' of Verona
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