I am doing some research on the physical characteristics of a particular book - its margins, construction and binding, covers, typography... I got into a type identification forum and I was told that the typeface used throughout the main text was Sezieme, a modern recreation of Série 16 - a typeface that was abundantly used in the early 20th century.
I wonder if there is any way to look at that font's type specimen, just so I be able to compare the two faces properly.
Also, is there any serious site where type identification is currently taking place? I try Whathefont sometimes but I get the feeling they lack true, hard-earned expertise.
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I personally think that, except for the brush-like terminals (instead of ball-shaped), Mr Simonson's new Etna comes closest to the look of the real, metal-type Serie 16eme. Neither Coen Hoffman's Seizieme nor Charles Mazé's quite capture it. They're both too high-contrast to resemble the original well enough. I'd use them as display faces, but definitely not for long texts. For comparison, here are snippets from both (Seizieme is the top two, and Berthe the bottom two).
(The text sample is from Mr Sowersby's blog.)
Regrettably, I'm not familiar with the work of Javal. There's much I don't know.
I humbly suggest https://fontid.co.