March - Rotunda Gothic
One of our members had expressed interest in different Gothic lettering styles. Having taken a class many years ago from Vancouver instructor Irene Alexander, I offered to show the group one of the styles we had learned, ROTUNDA.
Rotunda is one of the formal gothic scripts practiced in Italy, Spain and Southern France in the 13th - 16th centuries. It is far rounder than the gothic in Northern Europe and Britain. It has shorter ascenders and descenders, small interlinear spacing, many joins and few serifs.
We studied the lettering from an original leaf (probably block printed) from:
"ANTIPHOARIU hmnorem sancte Romane ecclesie copletu
Impressum Venetijs cu priuilegio... Md iij (Venice 1503)"