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Typographic Exemplars

Jean de Tournes, printer

Claude Guichard, Fvnerailles, & diuerses manieres d'enseuelir des Rommains . . . (Lyon, 1581)
The 16th century was a period of remarkable typographic experimentation, particularly in France. Printers were driven by two objectives: to preserve the aesthetic quality of the book was to meet the growing needs of readers who needed to find information quickly and efficiently.

Note how appropriately the historiation of the initial "S" fits the subject of the book, which documents funeral practices. The initial "A" and the headpiece at the top of the page show the growing fondness for arabesque decoration in the city of Lyon, where this book was printed by de Tournes.
Keywords: 1600s, France

16th Century | Cary Collection