looking for fonts which imitate the writing systems used in
old Latin manuscripts, you have come to the right place.
ELEGANS, CAPITALIS RUSTICA, CAPITALIS
MONUMENTALIS, ANTIQUA CURSIVA ROMANA, NOVA CURSIVA
ROMANA, UNCIALIS, SEMIUNCIALIS, BENEVENTANA
MINUSCULA, VISIGOTHICA MINUSCULA, LUXOVIENSIS
MINUSCULA, INSULARIS MINUSCULA, INSULARIS
MAJUSCULA, CAROLINGIA MINUSCULA, GOTHICA TEXTURA
QUADRATA, GOTHICA TEXTURA PRESCISSA, GOTHICA
ROTUNDA, GOTHICA BASTARDA, GOTHICA CURSIVA,
BASTARDA ANGLICANA and HUMANISTICA ANTIQUA
are the individual names of a set of eighteen
fonts which I have recently designed. As their
names denote, these fonts are representative of
the main styles of Latin handwritings used during
Middle Ages in parchments.
belong to the category known as facsimile level
and they are intended to resemble the handwriting
style of Medieval Latin scripts as appear in
font package is a collection of fonts based on
ancient and medieval calligraphy which include
specialty characters, abbreviations, ligatures and
alternate forms for some letters. These
paleographic fonts can be used to represent
medieval manuscripts in a "semi-diplomatic"
fashion. That is, an edited version of the
manuscript that preserves more features of the
original document than is common in standard,
normalized, modern editions. They allow the
preservation of many medieval features, and can be
used to help students become more familiar with
medieval writing and languages without the expense
of purchasing semi-diplomatic editions or
facsimiles of manuscripts.
of fonts is suitable for students and scholars of
historical sciences as well as desktop
paleographical publishing. It may be of interest
to students and
dealing with paleography, linguistics and
classical and medieval Latin.
is the most authentic and useful of font packages
currently available to medievalists.
fonts are edit-embeddable to permit creation of
Adobe Acrobat documents (PDF)
web pages with embedded fonts (the so-called
"web-fonts": EOT, WOFF and SVG formats).
These are standard fonts (8 bits, TTF
format), so they can be used running any Windows version and
any word processor.
also use them running Linux. I have successfully tried them
under Debian with OpenOffice.
fonts should be usable on Macintosh running OSX9 and OSX.
This is not a problem, since Mac recognizes PC TrueType
fonts without complaint. (Note that you will need to restart
the computer to fully install the font).
any case, if you are very interested and you wish to get a
Mac version of these fonts (bin and dfont formats), I can
produce them in a Mac native format for you.
TEXTS WRITTEN WITH THE PALEOGRAPHIC FONTS:
details on handwriting Latin systems and further
information about these fonts including more visual
examples, please read the User's
Manual (PDF format, 82 pages) you can
MANUAL OF LATIN PALEOGRAPHY
You can see
visual samples of these fonts if you read
the short manual of Latin Paleography I have
written (PDF file with 82 pages profusely
illustrated) which is available from this site.
It contains a lot of images of
manuscripts and shows the close imitation of their
different handwritings I have made with the
paleographic set of fonts. The manual
also contains detailed explanations about the
history of the different handwriting styles
used in Latin manuscripts from the first century
AD to the invention of printing in the middle of
the 15th century.
Click on the link below to view or
download the manual.
Manual of Latin Paleography
with font samples
PDF file, 82 pages and 4.25 MB)
This is a large file; therefore, please be patient!
fonts are based on medieval and ancient
lettering styles. For this reason they may not
include all the characters you may expect and
may include specialty characters or strange
alternate forms for some letters.
If you wish to view the entire
character set provided in these fonts, please
click on the following link for a full
character map (PDF file, 34 pages,
OF THE FONT PACKAGE
The font package termed "Fonts for Latin
Paleography" is a set of fonts which contains a
total of 20 typefaces: Capitalis
monumentalis, capitalis elegans, capitalis
rustica, uncialis, semiuncialis, antiqua cursiva
romana, nova cursiva romana, merovingia,
insularis majuscula, insularis minuscula,
visigothica, beneventana, carolina minuscula,
gothica textura prescissa, gothica textura
quadrata, gothica rotunda, gothica bastarda,
gothica cursiva, bastarda anglicana and humanistica antiqua
These fonts based on historical
prototypes are the result
of long hours of investigation and hard work.
Font development is a painstaking,
time-consuming task and this is a single
person's work not sponsored by any institution.
Hence these fonts are not free.
Nevertheless, the font package has a reasonable
Registration of the whole package costs €120 (approximately
US $138 or £102)* (see advise below).
If you wish, you can purchase only one
individual font as well. Each single font costs
US $24 or £17).
SPECIAL PRICING: Pay two fonts and get
three. Purchase three fonts for €40 (approximately
$46). If you acquire two fonts, the third is
for free. A 33% discount!
It is also
available a font package of six fonts for €60 (approximately US $69). A 50% discount!
After making the payment you will receive
the fonts as attachment to an email message sent
to your email account.
If you wish to receive the fonts in a
CDRom sent by post to your address, the extra
cost is €10 (approximately $12 or £8).
The CDRom contains the set of
paleographic fonts plus other additional free
programs (an excellent free wordprocessor for
Windows, font utilities, character maps, a
generator of PDF files which runs under Word for
Windows etc) which will allow you to manage
properly these fonts.
Due to the
current fluctuation in the exchange rate among
different currencies, only
prices in Euro can be guaranteed. The prices in
$USA or in other currencies depend on the
actual exchange rate (for example at the date
of this writing, January 2021, 1 euro is
equivalent to 1,17 US dollars approximately).
If you own
a credit or debit card (Visa®, MasterCard®,
and American Express®), you can pay online,
which means credit card processing can be made
in a matter of clicks.
This payment is being backed by PayPal®,
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(Note: You are not required
to have a Paypal account. By following the
instructions on the Paypal page, you may make
your payment by credit card or bank transfer.)
Do not worry about converting the Euro
price into your currency, PayPal will do this
when you make your payment.
Depending on your choice, click on
the corresponding button below to purchase the
paleographic fonts online. In order to avoid
errors, please read carefully the information
given below before clicking on the PayPal button
to order. Please be careful with your choosing
since depending on it you will get one item or
1) – One single
Electronic only. Each
individual font costs €20 (approximately US $23
or £17). The font
will be sent as attachment to your email account.
If you choose this option, please email me telling
the name of the font you wish to receive.
Take advantage of our special pricing options:
only. SPECIAL PRICE:
Pay two fonts and get three.
Purchase three fonts for €40 (approximately US $46). If
you acquire two fonts, the third is for free. A
33% discount! Evidently if you choose
this option, you must email me telling the name of
the fonts you wish to receive.
2b) – Six
Delivery: Electronic only. SPECIAL OFFER:
Purchase six fonts for €60 (approximately $69 or £51). Only €10
(approximately US $12) for
each font. You save 50%.
A real bargain! Evidently if you choose
this option, you must email me indicating the name
of the fonts you wish to receive.
3) – Complete font package of 20
Delivery: Electronic. The full
package of 20 fonts costs €120 (approximately US $138 or
package which contains the eighteen paleographic
fonts will be sent as attachment to your email
account in a ZIP file. The fonts have not
restrictions at all. All features are enabled.
Even embedding is allowed: this means that the
font may be embedded in documents to produce PDF
documents running Adobe Acrobat. You also are
entitled to use the font in a printed book or to
produce electronic documents which can be uploaded
into your web page.
4) – Fonts
shipped on CD by mail.
ALL TWENTY FONTS+OTHER UTILITIES €130 (approximately US $148 or
The complete package which contains all eighteen
paleographic fonts + character maps + a PDF
generator program + other useful font utilities
will be shipped on a CD to your postal address.
Please read disclaimer below.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE :
Whatever option you choose, please send me a
message after making the payment through PayPal
in order to confirm that you are really who
ordered the font.
2.- In most cases I will reply to your message
in due time (normally within a day or so),
unless I was on holydays, then it will take a
little more time, since I only will able to
check my emails from time to time, (usually
every five days, more or less or even a little
more during the summer) so be patient, however,
be sure that you will receive my response. Sorry
for this inconvenience.
3.- The delivery period of a CDRom mailed to
your postal address will take several days,
evidently depending on your country. In most
cases the CDRom will arrive at your home in
approximately six days.
4.- Evidently, any modification or public
distribution of these fonts is not permited
under any circumstance.
5.- For other alternative methods of payment
(bank transfer, postal order, etc.), please
email me for further details.
The aforementioned software bundled with
the font on the CDRom is evidently
freesoftware or shared programs which can be
freely distributed and all documentations
which the different authors provide remain
intact. The original programs have not been
altered at all. I do not charge users a fee
for these programs. I only charge users for
shipping and handling.
Just in case you are wondering who is
Juan-José Marcos, click here and you will find
some information about the author of
these fonts and this website.
SUGGESTIONS AND QUERIES
I have taken care to see that these
fonts work as well as possible, nevertheless, if
you find any fault, feel free to email me.
Although you do not
purchase the fonts, please, send me comments,
suggestions for improvements or anything else
regarding my paleographical fonts. I would like
to know your opinion about my work.
I really would
appreciate having users' feedback.
Such reaction from users
will be the deciding factor in my decision of
carrying on with the development of more
paleographic fonts. Any errors in the manual?
Please do not hesitate to contact me. Your
comments will be welcome. Thanks in advance.
If this set of fonts is
well received, it will be expanded in the near
Gothic, Anglicana, Secretary and
A similar font package for Greek Paleography (ANGULAR UNCIAL,
BIBLICAL UNCIAL, COPTIC UNCIAL, PAPYRUS
UNCIAL, ROUND UNCIAL, SLAVONIC UNCIAL,
SLOPING UNCIAL, MINUSCULE IX, MINUSCULE
XI and MINUSCULE XV ) is also
available. For more detailed information press here or click on the
ALPHABETUM UNICODE FONT
If you wish to use a specialized multilingual
Unicode font specifically designed for classical
languages (classical & medieval Latin, ancient
Greek, Coptic, Linear B,
Celtiberian, Gothic, Runic, Old & Middle English, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Ogham, Ugaritic,
Phoenician, Avestan, Aramaic, Parthian, Karosthi,
Old Nordic and Linguistics ( I.P.A. ),
please visit the ALPHABETUM website , there
you will find further information about the Unicode
system and the wide coverage and capabilities of
this Unicode font.
Plasencia (Cáceres) Spain.
This page last updated on January 2021.