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Roman Types

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This chapter surveys the Roman types of Robert Granjon (1513-90), a Parisian typographer, well-known for his Italic and civilité types. It describes twenty-one Roman typefaces. Six of them belong to Granjon's earliest or Lyonese period (1542-50). They are not particularly attractive or elegant, especially when compared with the Romans a more mature Claude Garamont engraved towards the end of his life or with the late Granjon Romans. But both points of reference may seem somewhat anachronistic and therefore unfair to a younger Granjon. At any rate, one of these earlier typefaces, the Two-line English (or Petit-canon) of 1547 proved to b very popular, staying in use until well into the 1700s. Two tables complete this article: the first displays Granjon's Romans by date; the second by size.

Keywords: Claude Garamont; Parisian typographer; Robert Granjon; Roman typefaces

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