The typeface family FF Tarquinius is based on a calligraphic face, that is an antique variation, drawn with a feather that has been reworked to function with electronic type setting. The original style of writing, however, has been maintained. Serifs appear only where there are connecting links between the letters in the original handwriting.
All weights of FF Tarquinius are based on a relatively small cap height and significantly longer ascenders. The descenders are also strongly represented; this is especially noticeable in the Italics where even the f and ß have descenders. The reader friendly Book weights are affiniable to large blocks of text. The typeface creates a homogenous texture, whereby in smaller point sizes the word shapes remain intact, as does the independent character of the face. In bigger sizes the font displays a zestful alternation of concave and convex forms. The Italics have several unique forms, they are not simply slanted versions of their respective upright counterparts. The Italics even can stand alone on their own.
In the Pro version issued in 2011, Gaelic, Cyrillic and Greek characters are included. The non-Latin characters are carefully designed to match the calligraphic handwritten style as well as to keep their original appearance. OpenType features and different stylistic sets offer a wide range of typographic possibilities.
FF Tarquinius supports 151 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, Russian, German, French and Greek in Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)