Thursday, February 1, 2018

heeeere is the garamond

samples of woodblock for the type used by Garamond. His first romans and his grecs du roi were cut for the firm of Robert Estienne. In 1545 he began to publish books; apparently he was not successful in business, for he died in poverty. Garamond was one of the first punch cutters to work independently of printers. His roman fonts, cut from 1531 onward, surpassed the best existing romans in grace and clarity and influenced European punch cutters for 150 years. His Greek type set the pattern for Greek printing until the early 19th century.

See what he does with latin scripts:

Garamond also has his famous Grecs du Roi, ordered by Francis I of France.