Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Random knowledge of the day

I'm currently reading A.C. Grayling's Among the Dead Cities, an examination of the moral issues surrouding Allied bombing of civilian targets during WWII, which I've only gotten a little into so far. Last night, I happened to flip it open to the last page which contained some random knowledge that I found interesting. Here's what I accidentally turned to


The text of this book is set Adobe Garamond. It is one of several versions of Garamond based on the designs of Claude Garamond. It is thought that Garamond based his font on Bembo, cut in 1495 by Francesco Griffo in collaboration with the Italian printer Aldus Manutius. Garamond types were first used in books printed in Paris around 1532. Many of the present-day versions of this type are based on the Typi Academiae of Jean Jannon cut in Sedan in 1615.

Claude Garamond was born in Paris in 1480. He learned how to cut type from his father and by the age of fifteen he was able to fashion steel punches the size of a pica with great precision. At the age of sixty he was commissioned by King Francis I to design a Greek alphabet, for this he was given the honourable title of royal type founder. He died in 1561.

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