The 1621 [Type] Specimen of Jean Jannon, Paris & Sedan, Designer & Engraver of the Caracteres de l’Universite now owned by the Imprimerie Nationale, Paris


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    First Edition.

    25cm x 16.5cm. 17, [23] pages, [1] plate. Marbled papered thin boards, paper label to upper board, marbled endpapers.

    Jannon’s 1621 type specimen book, [Characters of the University], edited in facsimile from the single surviving copy at the Bibliotheque Mazarine in Paris with an introduction by Paul Beaujon, pseudonym of American type historian Beatrice Lamberton Warde, published a year after her article in British typography journal, The Fleuron, on the origins of the Garamond typeface, which prior to her discovery was wrongly attributed to Claude Garamond, which she proved to be the work of Jean Jannon. One of 10 copies on handmade paper, of which this is number 5, printed for Warde’s lover, Stanley Morison, at the Chiswick Press, with the press’ device printed in red.

    Rebacked with paper with a ghost of previous tape repair to the gutter of the front endpaper. Some rubbing and minor chipping to board edges. Minor ink and crayon notation to the top right corner of the half-title, otherwise only very minor marks to the interior. Very Good Condition.

    $800.00 AUD

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