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Nicholas Kis as the designer of Enschedé's Greek without ligatures

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[The Hungarian punch-cutter Nicholas Kis issued his type-specimen around 1686 in Amsterdam. On this a 'Mediaen' Greek without ligatures is shown. The author found a Greek of the same design in the Enschedés' stock of types under the name 'Mediaan Griex No. 600'. According to Charles Enschedé, five sizes of Greek letters came into the possession of the Enschedé House from the Wetstein foundry and J. H. Wetstein probably originally bought them from Pistorius in Basle. This is challenged by the author. He examined the Wetstein foundry's specimens and found the occurrence of four sizes of Greeks on them between 1740 and 1742-3. The 'Mediaan' appeared for the first time on a supplement issued by I. and J. Enschedé in October 1743. Research in Wetstein's printed books enables us to fix the first occurrence of the aforesaid Greeks as being between 1698 and 1725. No occurrence of the 'Mediaan Griex No. 600' was found in books. The Mediaan, of which Kis is unquestionably the author, was cut in a very similar style to the four other members of the series. Who was the creator of these types? The author refers to contemporary punch-cutters skilled in the cutting of Greeks, such as Bartholomeus Voskens II and Johann Adolph Schmidt, and states that we can be certain only about the origin of the 'Mediaan'. The authorship of the other four series is yet to be proved with further research., The Hungarian punch-cutter Nicholas Kis issued his type-specimen around 1686 in Amsterdam. On this a 'Mediaen' Greek without ligatures is shown. The author found a Greek of the same design in the Enschedés' stock of types under the name 'Mediaan Griex No. 600'. According to Charles Enschedé, five sizes of Greek letters came into the possession of the Enschedé House from the Wetstein foundry and J. H. Wetstein probably originally bought them from Pistorius in Basle. This is challenged by the author. He examined the Wetstein foundry's specimens and found the occurrence of four sizes of Greeks on them between 1740 and 1742-3. The 'Mediaan' appeared for the first time on a supplement issued by I. and J. Enschedé in October 1743. Research in Wetstein's printed books enables us to fix the first occurrence of the aforesaid Greeks as being between 1698 and 1725. No occurrence of the 'Mediaan Griex No. 600' was found in books. The Mediaan, of which Kis is unquestionably the author, was cut in a very similar style to the four other members of the series. Who was the creator of these types? The author refers to contemporary punch-cutters skilled in the cutting of Greeks, such as Bartholomeus Voskens II and Johann Adolph Schmidt, and states that we can be certain only about the origin of the 'Mediaan'. The authorship of the other four series is yet to be proved with further research.]

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2016-12-03

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