Manuel Typographique.

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Creator

Pierre-Simon Fournier

Title

Manuel Typographique.

Publisher

Printed for the author

Date

1764–66

Coverage

Paris

Subject

Octavo, two volumes

Description

Pierre-Simon Fournier (also known as Fournier Le Jeune, to distinguish him from his printer father, Jean-Claude Fournier), was among the most important typographers of eighteenth-century France, and not only because of his popular transitional type designs. He was also one of the earliest developers of a point system (including features such as a pica divided into 12 points), that are in use to this day. Fournier’s system allowed for consistent measuring of type sizes.

Fournier’s type designs were very influential, forming the basis of a popular typeface revival produced by the Monotype Corporation in 1929.

Relation

PROVENANCE: Daniel Berkeley Updike, author of Printing Types and proprietor of the Merrymount Press; later David R. Godine