|Commissioned by||Stanley Morison|
Albertus is a glyphic, serif typeface designed by Berthold Wolpe in the period 1932 to 1940 for the Monotype Corporation type foundry. Wolpe named the font after Albertus Magnus, the thirteenth-century German philosopher and theologian.
Wolpe studied as a metal engraver, and Albertus was modeled to resemble letters carved into bronze. The face began as titling capitals. Eventually a lowercase roman was added, and later a strongly cursive, narrow italic. Albertus has slight glyphic serifs. It is available in light and italic varieties.
The project began in 1932. Titling caps were released first, in 1932, followed by a roman upper and lowercase in 1940 with light weight following later.
- In the uppercase M the middle strokes descend only partway, not reaching the baseline.
- The uppercase U has a stem on the right side, evocative of lowercase.
- Figures are lining.
Wolpe later designed Pegasus, a spiky serif design intended to complement Albertus for body text. It was never particularly popular and has not been released digitally.
Albertus' popularity and usefulness continued right through the phototypesetting era and was made available for photocomposition by Monotype and perhaps other vendors as well.
Digital Type copies
Monotype has released a digital version. Albertus is also sold by Adobe, Bitstream, Fontsite and others. (As many early digitisations were sublicensed, several of these may represent the same digitisation marketed by different rights-holders, possibly upgraded with modern features such as contextual ligature substitution.)
URW++ released a lookalike version known as A028 for free for use with Ghostscript and TeX. Featuring medium and extra-bold weights but no italics, A028 is widely available on Linux systems and other open source environments.
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- Albertus was, for many years,[when?] the typeface used on British coinage.
- Albertus is used for the street name signs in the City of London, City of London Corporation and London Borough of Lambeth (where Wolpe resided until his death in 1989).
- Albertus was used in many book jackets designed by Wolpe for the London publisher Faber and Faber.
- Albertus is used as the brand font for the Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film series adapted from J. R. R. Tolkien's book.
- A slightly modified version was used extensively in The Prisoner (1967-68), a British television series frequently mined for cultural references. Modifications to the Albertus font include opening the loop on the lowercase e and the addition of new dotless i and j characters. The typeface was also used for a role playing game supplement based on the TV show, published by Steve Jackson Games.
- In the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) the Albertus typeface is used for the ‘Dawn Of Man’ title card
- The David Lynch film Dune (1984) uses an alternate version of Albertus
- Albertus has frequently been used by the band Coldplay. The font was for instance used on the covers of Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to the Head, X&Y, Live 2003, associated singles and also for the "Christmas Lights" single cover.
- Albertus is used for the cover of Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg.
- Albertus is used for the logo, titles and credits of the British TV crime drama, Scott & Bailey, screened from May 2011 on ITV1.
- Nearly all of John Carpenter's films begin and end with white-on-black credits, set in the Albertus typeface, without any scrolling.
- The Buffy the Vampire Slayer board game.
- The 2011 videogame, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
- The lettering on the cover of Rank by The Smiths is set in Albertus Bold.
- Albertus is used for the Ottawa Senators NHL Franchise
- Carter Sans (2011), influenced by Albertus
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- Macmillan, Neil. An A–Z of Type Designers. Yale University Press: 2006. ISBN 0-300-11151-7.
- Williams, Owen Berthold Wolpe and His Typeface Albertus Letter Arts Review, Vol 20 No 1, 2006