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Cyrillic & Oriental Typography In Rome At The End Of The Sixteenth Century: An Inquiry Into The Later Work Of Robert Granjon; 1578–1590

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This paper surveys the typefaces that Robert Granjon cut at the request of Gregory XIII, Sixtus V and Ferdinando I de Medici during his sojourn in Rome in the 1580s. It focuses on the history of sixteenth-century Italian typography. From an international point of view it had two culminating points: the first at the beginning of the century, with Aldo, Griffo, Soncino, Arrighi, and Blado; the other, towards its end, with the creation of the typographical societies - the Tipografia Camerale, the Stamperia del Popolo Romano, the Stamperia Vaticana, and, last and most important of all, the Stamperia Medicea, an enterprise undertaken at great cost and with a view to unequalled quality which enabled it to continue, in a certain sense, through the seventeenth century and until our time in the Press of the Congregation of the Propagation of the Faith.

Keywords: Ferdinando I de Medici; Gregory XIII; Robert Granjon; Rome; sixteenth-century Italian typography; Sixtus V; Stamperia Medicea; Stamperia Vaticana; typefaces



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