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Emil Gursch

German foundry based in Berlin, active from 1866 until 1917, when it was acquired by H. Berthold AG. Klingspor's file on Gursch. Typefaces published by them include:

  • Accidenz-Versierungen.
  • Akademisch.
  • Alexandra (<1897).
  • Antiqua No. 2 through 9.
  • Apollo Grotesque (1897).
  • Alt-Gotisch (1899) mager&halbfett. Altgothische initialen.
  • Bambus Grotesque (1896).
  • Berliner Fraktur (ca. 1897).
  • Briefschrift Deutsch (<1899).
  • Britannia-Versalien (1902).
  • Continental Grotesque.
  • Dekorative Vignetten (1899).
  • Egyptienne.
  • Elzevir, ca. 1899: many weights and styles.
  • Eskorial (1909) and Eskorial halbfett (1908) by Eduard Lautenbach, published by Emil Gursch.
  • Flächer Ornamente (1899).
  • Fraktur 14g (1910), Fraktur 14 halbfett (1915), Fraktur 16 (1916), Fraktur No.4 through No.8. Halbfette and Moderne schmale halbfette Fraktur, Schmale Fette Zeitungs-Fraktur, Fette Fraktur.
  • Gloria (1898), Fette Gloria Kursiv (1904), Gloria fett (1902), Gloria schmalfett. Gloria Kuric schmalfett. Digitally revived in 2019 by Ralph M. Unger as RMU Gloria.
  • Gothisch (schmale enge, Courante and Accidenz), Renaissance Gothisch (1902: eng, magere and halbfette), Fette Gothisch (neueste and breite). Gothische Federzüge.
  • Grandezza I and II (1904) by Hermann Zehnpfundt.
  • Grotesque.
  • Hermes Grotesque (1897).
  • Hortensia (<1902). A digital version of this Victorian script was finished in 2009 as Hortensia by Canada Type: Hortensia was Gursch's most popular typeface, used extensively and prominently in many beautiful type catalogs, and a commonly seen design element in Germany for quite a while after its release.
  • Industria (1913, a grotesk designed for ads). Weights include Zart, Halbfett, Fett and Zephyr. By Hermann Zehnpfundt.
  • Journal (1912-1913) by Hermann Zehnpfundt. Weights include Antiqua, Kursiv, Antiqua Halbfett.
  • Breite Kanzlei, Moderne halbfette Kanzlei, Antike Kanzlei (wow!).
  • Kavalier (1910) by Hermann Zehnpfundt.
  • Klinger (1919, +Antiqua) by Julius Klinger.
  • Koenig-Type (1903-1907, Heinz König), Koenig Schwabacher (1912-1913, Heinz König), Koenig-Fraktur (1910, Heinz König. This is also called Gursch Fraktur),
  • Kontinental Grotesk.
  • Korona (1905, + Halbfett) by Albert Auspurg.
  • Mediaeval, Cursiv, Mediaeval Cursiv.
  • Monument (+Halbfett).
  • Moderne Schreibschrift.
  • Phönix-Cursiv (1897).
  • Polygon Undine (1904).
  • Roma (ca. 1897).
  • Rubens (1905) by Albert Auspurg.
  • Rundschrift.
  • Saxonia Einfassung (borders).
  • Schwabacher, Fette Schwabacher (1899).
  • Schwarze Hände, and many great math and astrological sets.
  • Senefelder (1908).
  • Sirius Ornamente (1908).
  • Skulptur (1901): has styles called Halbfett and Licht.
  • Sütterlin Unziale (+Halbfett), made in 1905 by Ludwig Sütterlin himself.
  • uncial gotisch or Morris Gotisch. For a digital version, see Morris Gotisch by Gerhard Helzel.
  • Versierte Italienne.
  • Werk Fraktur (fett, halbfett), done before 1907.
  • Zierschrift Roma, Zierschrift Apollo, Zierschrift Gloria, Boston Zierschrift.
  • Zirkular Kursiv (1913) by F. Müller-Münster.
There were also numerous ornaments and vignettes. Published documents include Industria, eine charaktervolle Reklame-Grotesk (1913), Polygon-Undine. Fette Gloria-Kursiv (1904), Nachtrag zur Handprobe. Neue Erzeugnisse aus den Jahren 1898-1901 (1902), Munster-Sammlung der Schriftgiesserei Emil Gursch, Berlin S., Messinglinien-Fabrik und Gravir-Anstalt (1899). That last book is their main publcation, 112 pages of nicely presented specimens covering all lettertypes and ornaments in detail. A peek into one of Gursch's specimen books. PDF prepared by Klingspor Museum.

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