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I found the template for this font in an old paperback book on ornamentry. Quite naturally, it's an image copied from a still much older book, showing a sample of writing, entitled: 'Form of a Dainty Slanted Chancery Hand'. The caption in my ornamentry book doesn't name a source, apart from calling the image, hazily, 'Calligraphy, France, 16th century'
I nearly gave up on this one. There was, of course, no complete set of upper case letters in the writing sample, and the lower case letters, joining delightfully in the image, had an incredible propensity to look out of place when combined in other ways than those the artist had provided. It took a tremdendous amount of time and patience to complete those two sets of characters; and that's why, taking a deap breath at the end, I decided to call the font Love'sLabour. Let me just hope now that it is not entirely Lost.
There is a little hook above the u in this font, which is quite necessary, to distinguish it from the n. And the parentheses look like brackets: they were written like this in the pattern.
The flower ornament in this font is based on a motive I found in a 1664 book on fountain architecture.
Apart from the long s on the number sign, you'll find some alternate characters, and lots of swashes, in this font. Those are:
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_a e i o u
Opening paragraph of the novel The Master And Margarita by Michail A. Bulgakov;
English translation © Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.
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