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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book, which examines sixteenth-century type design in France. 'Palaeotypography' is a seldom used term meaning 'the study of early printing or typography'. It is in the book used more narrowly in the sense of the study of early printing types. Bibliographers dealing with later centuries found the Bradshaw-Proctor-Haebler method hard to follow: first, because it became clear that Haebler's axiom of the individual ownership of type was no longer valid from the late-fifteenth or sixteenth century onwards and, second, because of the difficulties in naming and describing the types in an expanding universe of type development. The book attempts to address some of these problems, at least as far as they have been studied for a given country, France, and given century, the sixteenth.

Keywords: early printing types; France; palaeotypography; sixteenth-century



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