Limits of Desire by Small Black
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“Augustus” looks like just another clone of the various poor quality digitizations of Augustea/Nova Augustea. It is predated by OPTI Nova Augustea (Castcraft, 1990–1991), Implicit (SSI, 1992, no lowercase), Octavian (Brendel, 1994), and others. Amos (SSI, 1995) and OPTI Amanda Medium Agency (Castcraft, 1990–1991) are bolder versions. None of them is recommendable.
I previously didn’t see how “Augustus” was of poor quality. Looking at my Encyclopedia of Typefaces from 1962, though, I see how the metal version of Augustea had nicely chiseled, tapered wedge serifs.
Here’s your image. For some reason, it didn’t come through:
It’s not just the tapered wedge serifs. Augustus has all kinds of problems, including poorly drawn outlines with bumpy transitions, probably further impaired by conversions. Here are two exemplary glyphs.
Note how the top serifs in ‘K’ don’t even align (this, by the way, reveals that Augustus is derived from SSI’s Implicit). Spacing/kerning is unusable, too — just look at a basic word like ‘WAVE’.
This is symptomatic for many freebie revivals. They may look quite acceptable in a small ‘ABC…’ sample online, but in the end, too often you get what you pay for.