Index sive specimen charactervm.

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Creator

Christopher Plantin

Title

Index sive specimen charactervm.

Date

1567

Coverage

Antwerp

Subject

Quarto

Description

Christopher Plantin was the most successful printer of his day. Born in France, he established his press in Antwerp. Plantin was not a type designer, but he showed excellent taste in typefaces. He was fortunate to live during a golden era of typeface manufacture. Therefore, this index displays romans by Garamond, italics and civilités by Granjon, Hebrews by Le Bé, and other prime examples of the finest punchcutters of the time.

Very few type specimens were produced in the first century and a half of printing; Index Sive Specimen Characterum is among the earliest, and among the rarest. Only two copies are known to exist, both in the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp.

[Shown in the facsimile produced by Douglas C. McMurtrie, New York: 1924.]

Relation

LENDER: The Grolier Club