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Typographical Design in Paris in 1799: The Printer’s Manual of Bertrand-Quinquet

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Printer’s manuals seldom discuss aspects of graphic design. A well-known example of a manual which pays attention to them is a French manual by Fertel from 1723. In a more ample way such consideration was given in a less known manual written and published by Bertrand-Quinquet in Paris in 1799: Traité de l’imprimerie. In this paper aspects of typographical design mentioned by the author are discussed. The conclusion is that Bertrand-Quinquet follows the lines of the neoclassical style, set by the Didots at the end of the Ancien Régime.

Affiliations: 1: University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands


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