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Date:1469

Designer:
Nicolas Jenson

Foundry:
Jenson founder and printer

Location:
Venice, Italy

Current equivalent:
Adobe Jenson Pro shown above

See also:
Golden Type, Doves Type, Ludlow Eusebius

Technologies:
Metal (foundry)
Metal (machine)
Postscript
Opentype

Famous for:
The first and arguably the best of the 'romans'.

Applications: Book Publishing & General Purpose Text Setting

Ubiquity:
Very widely used

Category:
Venetian Roman

Stress: Angled
Serifs: Oblique

Design history:
Jenson's type, although a definitive (humanist) renaissance letterform, still had the blackness associated with the gothic types that originated in Northern Europe, but had combined Roman capitals (majuscules) with Carolingian-derived minuscule to form uppercase and lowercase alphabets within the same font. Classified as a Venetian after the place of its inception, the signature attribute of this style is the rising bar on the lowercase 'e'. Jenson's work was revived by William Morris and others, in the late 19th century as a benchmark for the Arts and Crafts movement.

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picture: Blandford Press