|Of Thomas Christensen, ABCedminded Typesetter|
Eric Gill, ca. 1928.
First used in the book The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity; therefore the roman was named Perpetua, and the italic was named Felicity.
The capitals are admired for display work.
At the Asian we used Perpetua as the text font in Bridge to Understanding, designed by Dana Levy of the aptly named Perpetua Press.
font is also called Lapidary 333.
The type, based on Gill's inscriptional lettering, is intended to have a chiselled quality characteristic of engraving. A dignified, somewhat cold face with a feeling of authority.
In the italic, D, J, and R are cursive, others are "inclined momnumental characters" (Morison); nonetheless, the face as a whole has a happy and original harmony..
expresses a note of particularity and self-consciousness not universally
acceptable. . . . Perpetua may be judged in the small sizes to have
achieved the object of providing a distinguished form for a distinguished
text; and, in the large sizes, a noble, monumental, appearance."