In late 1728, the 21-year-old Nuremberg punch cutter Johann Michael Fleischmann
set off for Holland, where he looked for work at various type foundries. After four years as a journeyman, he set up on his own. From 1743 onwards, Fleischmann worked predominantly for the respected foundry Enschedé
in Haarlem. By the time of his death in 1768, he had designed more than 20 Latin Roman typefaces.
In December 1992, the Leipzig designer Erhard Kaiser
received a commission from DTL
to design a new digital edition of Fleischmann’s Roman type. Kaiser extensively studied the wealth of forms in the original Fleischmann fonts, whose mechanically set appearance he intended – as much as possible – to retain.
After four years of work he had produced two Fleischmann font variations: a text version and a display version, each with a corresponding italic font. When demand grew for both a semi-bold and a bold font, Kaiser designed these without a historical model. Small capitals, 30 ligatures, alternatives and several sets of figures completed the DTL Fleischmann range.
The historical body text typeface DTL Fleischmann consists of a total of 36 fonts