[Jean Jannon (1580–1658)]
Imprimerie Nationale Catalogue.
Poor Jean Jannon. Or should we say poor Claude Garamond? We can feel sympathy for Jannon since some exceptional roman and italic typefaces which he cut were credited to Claude Garamond. On the other hand, Garamond’s superlative romans and italics, produced almost a century before Jannon’s, are not as widespread as Jannon’s work which bears his name. Therefore, Garamond may be most well-known for types which he did not cut. It is a bit confusing; a case of mistaken identity which was not unraveled until Beatrice Warde (writing under the pseudonym “Paul Beaujon”) unearthed a unique copy of a sixteenth-century type specimen that revealed the true Garamond types.
LENDER: Jerry Kelly