I have a twofold question, and every hope that the combined knowledge on this forum can answer it.
First: does anyone know which original face was Knuth's inspiration/source for his CR Modern? I find his font very legible and pleasingly inconspicuous -- it knows how to get out of the way! -- but terribly washed out and spindly. As I get older, I find it a real drag to wade through 20 pages set tightly in that font. I was hoping that I could locate his source, and see what the font color of the original was.
Second: I learned from this helpful comment that his older books used to be set in a face named Monotype Modern 8A (see here for a good sample: https://typedrawers.com/discussion/comment/49777/#Comment_49777
. Thank you, Mr Romer!). Does anyone know if this wonderful face has been digitized, by any chance?
Thank you all for considering my question!