Originally cut by Gudrun Zapf von Hesse at the Bauer type foundry as brass punches for her private use in stamping letters on leather book covers and spines. The set included capitals and numerals in 36pt and was finished in 1947. Later named Hesse Antiqua by the designer’s husband.
Ferdinand Ulrich, in agreement with Zapf von Hesse and with help and input from Bernd Volmer and Akira Kobayashi, made a digital version with a larger glyph set incl. accented characters and small caps. It was released with Monotype on January 2, 2018, on Zapf von Hesse’s 100th birthday.
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