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Palatino Italic typeface

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: CARTYPE-0004

Scope and Contents

Palatino italic typeface includes 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 20, 24, 30, 42, 54 point sizes in cast metal type.


  • Creation: circa 1950 (release date)

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.


24 Linear Feet (9 California cases)




Palatino is a large typeface family designed by Hermann Zapf. It was initially released in 1950 by the D. Stempel AG foundry.


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 13-21
Cage, Row 6

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Palatino italic typeface was acquired from the RIT School of Printing Management and Sciences, at an undetermined date.

Cary Type Collections

Palatino Roman typeface

Palatino Swash typeface

Type Specimen


cast metal


upper case, lower case, caps, figures, punctuation, spacing

Font size

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

Processing Information

Finding aid encoded by Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, February 2013.


finding Aid for the Palatino italic typeface collection
Cary Type Collections
Amelia Hugill-Fontanel
22 February 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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