GFS Porson fonts

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GFS Porson Greek font


Description

In England, during the 1790’s, Cambridge University Press decided to procure a new set of Greek types. The university’s great scholar of Classics, Richard Porson was asked to produce a typeface based on his handsome handwriting and Richard Austin was commissioned to cut the types. The type was completed in 1808, after the untimely death of Porson the previous year. Its success was immediate and since then the classical editions in Great Britain and the U.S.A. use it, almost invariably.

In 1913, Monotype released the typeface with some corrections, notably replacing the upright capitals suggested by Porson with inclined ones. In Greece the typeface was used under the name Pelasgika type.

GFS Porson is based on the Monotype version, though using upright capitals, as in the original.


Characteristics

Homepage Format & features License Review reference Koji page pkgdb page
Greek Font Society OTF OFL 398701 gfs-porson-fonts gfs-porson-fonts


Style Faces Scripts
Sans Serif Other R B I BI Other Latin Greek Cyrillic Other
Variable Monospace Variable Monospace


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