*A New Newe Booke of Copies*. Font package prepared by Crazy Diamond Design.
I have been asked to review, for the benefit of our list's members, a series of
fonts, and I must confess to having been apprehensive at the prospect. However, fear
dissolved into pleasure, which I am happy to share briefly with you.
First of all, this font package arrives not with some poorly printed loose-leaf
instructions, but a distinctive faux-leather booklet. Indeed, the booklet bears the
notice: 'This package meets the "Coffee Table Standard" of software and
documentation. It means that it will look as good on your desktop as it will on your
coffee table and can act as a focus for those all-important post-dinner
conversations". How true! Containing clear instructions and descriptions, the booklet
also has some hilarious illustrations, certain to grace many office doors.
But what is the package REALLY about? This collection of fonts takes its inspiration
from the 1574 book by Thomas Vautroullier, *A Newe Booke of Copies*. In it were
'divers sortes of sundry hands, as the English and French Secretarie, and Bastard
Secretarie, Italian, Roman, Chancery and Court hands ... set forth by the most
Excellent Wryters of the sayd hands for the instruction of the vnskilfull'. Not only
are several of these very attractive fonts presented (in Macintosh and Windows
versions) but they are also remarkably easy to install. Most significantly, many
abbreviations, superscript characters, ligatures and variant forms are included.
These features make this product, in my opinion, the most authentic and useful of
font packages available to medievalists today. These fonts are at once distinctive,
attractive, accurate and easy to use, and I recommend them to you highly.
I append information I received regarding prices and ordering information.
Single copy: 25.00
Five copy licence: 100.00 (2 manuals, 2 discs, 5 reference packs)
Ten copy licence: 150.00 (2 manuals, 2 discs, 10 reference packs)
Site licence: 200.00 (2 manuals, 2 discs, 2 reference packs)
(optional additions for site licence: manuals @ 10.00 ; refs @ 3.00)
Please specify Mac/PC disc format; CDs available at 3.00 surcharge.
Prices are in UK pounds sterling including postage;
Payment by UK-drawn cheque; IMO; Visa; Mastercard; Switch.
US/International orders please add 3.00 additional postage.
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