S A C H S E N W A L D
This typeface was designed by Bertold Wolpe in Germany in the early 1930s and was originally named Bismarck Schrift. It is one of the finest typographic examples of traditional lettre de forme blackletter, a scribal letter form developed well before the time of Gutenberg and the techniques of casting movable, metal printing types. Wolpe was a student of Germany's renowned artist and calligrapher Rudolf Koch. In the mid-30s with the help of Stanley Morison, Wolpe fled from Germany to England. In 1936 the Monotype Corportion made this type a reality by producing two sets (only) of display matrices in nine sizes, from 16D to 72D. Renamed Sachsenwald and issued on the eve of World War II, this remarkable blackletter type immediately fell into obscurity and has seldom been cast or made available in fonts. This historic type is now cast in foundry metal and available in nine sizes, by line or font from our letterfoundry.