Too legit, too legit to quit…!

Please, Hammer, don’t hurt me.

MC Hammer

MC Hammer

Victor Hammer (1882-1967) moved from his native Vienna to Florence in 1922 to start his career in the printing business, opening and running his first printing workshop. Seven years later, he would move his business, now called Stamperia del Santuccio, to another area of Florence. It was here that he would print his first book: Milton’s “Samson Agonistes” (1931). After a three-year stint as a professor back in Vienna, Hammer emigrated to the USA for a teaching position at Wells College in Aurora, NY, in 1939. He enjoyed an enriching career at Wells College, and eventually moved to Lexinton, KY, in 1948. From that point on, Hammer published several books, including a volume of Hölderlin’s poems, set in his lovely American Uncial.

We may all bow and curtsy before the divine Victor Hammer, who has bestowed the following fonts upon us: 

Hammer Unziale™ (1921), Samson (1931), Pindar (1933), American Uncial (1943), Andromaque Uncial (1958).

If you just can’t get enough and you’re dying for further Hammerfication, here are some additional publications you may wish to consult: “The Forms of our Letters” (Lexington, 1958); Carolyn Hammer’s “Notes on the Stamperia del Santuccio” (Lexington, 1963); Carolyn Hammer’s “Victor Hammer. Artist and Craftsman” (Lexington, 1981).

Without further ado, some samples of the ubiquitous Uncial, to which my calligraphic hand is especially devoted:


Oops, a couple actual hammers got mixed up in there somehow. I’ll try to be more careful in future posts.

*The beautiful scroll above with gold print may be found (along with other scroll samples) HERE.

*Oh, and if you’re too legit to quit: MC HAMMER BLOG


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