The new Mengelt Basel Antiqua:
a modern reading font with historical references

Font Designer Christian Mengelt developed a new and fitting font for the re-edition of the historical anatomy atlas, “De humani corporis fabrica”. To do so, he researched Basel book fonts from the
16th century, when the first edition of the atlas was published.

Christian Mengelt studied carefully the font used for the original book. He extracted the significant characteristics from the font and thus created a new font with historical references that has the technical requirements of a modern text font. It was important to him that it not stray too far from the original font, however.

An example of the design principle for Mengelt Basel Antiqua is the significant left incline of the letter axes, as well as the strong curve starts and ends. These lend the font a dynamic effect.

The Mengelt Basel Antiqua is available in the Regular and Bold weights, each with a fitting Italic. The cursive demonstrates the greatest amount of deviation from the original; at the same time, however, it has the most elegance among the styles. With up to 89 languages, Mengelt Basel Antiqua covers the
pan-European W1G language area and is particularly well-suited to comprehensive, multi-lingual texts.

Find out more about the new Antiqua font Mengelt Basel Antiqua here.

Christian Mengelt published a 24-page online brochure about Mengelt Basel Antiqua, which you can read here.

To learn more about Designer Christian Mengelt, read our interview here.

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