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Printing Types Of Pierre Haultin; C. 1510–1587

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At any event, being available for sale unto the first quarter of the nineteenth century, several of Pierre Haultin's typefaces exhibit the same extraordinary longevity as that of his two more renowned colleagues. He set the tone for what can been characterized as 'Huguenot typography'. The new design anticipated a trend towards narrower and more compact Romans with a greater x-height and visibility, which gained favour in the next centuries. There exists no comprehensive survey of Haultin's work as a type designer and this chapter aims to fill up that gap. It tries to cover his Romans, Italics, Greeks, and music types, but not his printer's flowers, a less amenable topic. Archival sources start to mention Haultin half a dozen times in the late 1540s at Paris. In 1549-50 his Paris imprint appears on four or five books and on half a dozen pamphlets, such as ordonnances and edicts.

Keywords: Paris imprint; Pierre Haultin; typefaces; typography



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