French Renaissance Printing Types. A Conspectus.

(London): The Bibliographical Society / The Printing Historical Society / Oak Knoll Press, 2010,

First Edition. quarto, blue cloth. 471 pp. The Bibliographical Society / The Printing Historical Society / Oak Knoll Press, Item #29477

The conspectus consists of introductory chapters on the sources available, the evolution of sixteenth-century type-casting and letter-engraving, biographical notices of 17 punchcutters (both famous ones, such as Colines, Garamont, Granjon, and lesser known ones, such as Vatel, Gryphius or Du Boys) and the methodology used. The main part of the book consists of the facsimiles of 409 typefaces (216 Romans, 88 Italics, 61 Greeks, 41 Hebrews, 2 Arabics and one phonetic) each with a short identifying notice, describing their letter family, size, punchcutter (or eponym), their first appearance in books or type- specimens, the surviving materials such as punches or matrices, and finally (for about two-thirds of them) the recent literature. Every typeface has been illustrated, several with multiple examples of their use. Very fine.

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