Guillaume Le Bé
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Guillaume Le Bé was born in Troyes, France. He studied punchcutting in Robert Estienne’s type foundry before moving to Venice in 1545. There, in addition to cutting some handsome roman types, he cut eight Hebrew types. It is a great tribute to Le Bé’s skill as a cutter of Hebrew types that Garamond, who himself cut several Hebrew typefaces, marketed some of Le Bé’s Hebrew types, along with his own wares.
PROVENANCE: The American Type Founders (ATF) library; later Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library