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Typographic Exemplars

Nicolas Jenson

Aulus Gellius, Noctium Atticarum. (Venice: Nicolas Jenson, 1472)
By 1472, Jenson had only been printing for two years. Even so, his roman type quickly became the model for what later came to be called Venetian oldstyle and was widely imitated. Though Jenson's type was soon superceded in popularity by those of Aldus and Garamond, it was revived again by William Morris in the late 19th century and became the model of choice for a number of private press printers.

Twentieth century commercial interpretations include Centaur and Cloister lightface, and most recently, ITC Legacy and Adobe Jenson.

Keywords: design, Italy, type

15th Century | Cary Collection