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Palatino Roman typeface

Identifier: CARTYPE-0003

Scope and Contents

Palatino Roman typeface includes 8, 10 12, 14, 18, 20, 24, 30, 42, 54 point sizes in cast metal type.


  • Creation: 1948-1984


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Palatino is the work of Hermann Zapf, and is probably the most universally admired and used of his type designs. In 1950, it was punchcut in metal by August Rosenberger at D. Stempel AG typefoundry in Frankfurt am Main, and then adapted for Linotype machine composition. Zapf optimized Palatino's design for legibility by giving it open counters and carefully weighted strokes, producing a typeface that was legible even on the inferior paper of the post-World War II period. The font was named after Giambattista Palatino, a master of calligraphy from the time of Leonardo da Vinci. Palatino is a typeface based on classical Italian Renaissance forms. Palatino works well for both text and display typography.

From: About Palatino Font Family.


32 Linear Feet (12 type drawers)




Palatino is a large typeface family designed by hermann Zapf. It was initially released in 1948 by the Linotype foundry. It was digitally modified in 1984 to be issued on the Apple Computer operating system. Included in the collection are Palatino Roman, Palatino Italic, and Palatino Swash typefaces.


Type is arranged by letter within point size.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Cary Type Collections consist of relief printing types suitable for use with letterpress printing presses.

Physical Location

Lowenthal room, Type case 15, Drawers 1-12

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): Palatino roman typeface was acquired from the RIT School of Printing Management and Sciences, at an undetermined date.

Cary Special Collections

Paul Standard Papers (in process)

Hermann Zapf Papers (in process)

Cary Type Collections

Palatino Roman typeface

Palatino Italic typeface

Palatino Swash Italic typeface

Palatino Roman


upper case lower case, figures, spacing


cast metal

Font Size

8 pt. 10 pt. 12 pt. 14 pt. 18 pt. 20 pt. 24 pt. 30 pt. 42 pt. 54 pt.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, February 2013.


Palatino Roman typeface
In Progress
CARTYPE = Cary Type Collections
Amelia Hugill-Fontanel
12 Febr 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

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