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What is the Bartholeme font?

The four weight semi-condensed Bartholemé family came into existence as a family expansion based on the designer’s earlier concept, Bartholemé Open. This hybrid family was inspired by and loosely based on a number of contemporary mid-twentieth century type concepts having Old Face or Modern influence. Those inspirational type designs were primarily designed for various proprietary photolettering technologies of the time. More…
The award-winning* Bartholemé Open and its companion design Bartholemé small capital open were inspired by various Shaded, Inline and Handtooled type models from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Most of those inspirational type designs were designed as titling fonts with all capital sets only. To set it apart from the earlier models, Bartholemé Open is semi-condensed intentionally designed with a lowercase.
Design qualities include a large x- height, tightly curved ample counters, crisp serifs and tight bracketing. The overall plan of the family was originally intended for display usage in titling and short passages of text. At higher output resolutions all fonts read well at smaller point sizes.
The Bartholemé family works well on its own, but also is compatible with type styles possessing qualities that complement or enhance its own. The Bartholemé family consists of a Regular weight complementing a Bold weight, along with Medium complementing an Extra Bold weight. The companion true-drawn italics are based on the Bartholemé roman design.
* Award for Design Excellence
bukva: raz! Type Design Competition of the Association Typographique Internationale, 2001

Bartholeme Font families

The Bartholeme includes the following font families:

  • Bartholeme
  • Bartholeme Italic
  • Bartholeme Medium
  • Bartholeme Medium Italic
  • Bartholeme Bold
  • Bartholeme Bold Italic
  • Bartholeme ExtraBold
  • Bartholeme ExtraBold Italic
  • Bartholeme Open
  • Bartholeme SC Open

Bartholeme Preview

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You're probably thinking - Is Bartholeme available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. Bartholeme is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of Bartholeme, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for Bartholeme and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for Bartholeme is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of Bartholeme and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of Bartholeme. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Bartholeme for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free Bartholeme Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Bartholeme remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Bartholeme and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)