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Date: 1528

Designer:
Claude Garamond

Foundry:
Stempel/Berthold/Linotype/Adobe and many others at different times

Location:
Paris, France

Current equivalent:
Linotype Stempel Garamond

See also:
Linotype Granjon by George William Jones, Sabon by Jan Tschichold, Adobe Garamond by Robert Slimbach

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

Famous for:
Definitive old style face.

Applications: Book Publishing & General Purpose Text Setting

Ubiquity:
Very widely used

Category:
Old Style (Garalde) Roman

Stress: Angled
Serifs: Oblique

Design history:
The most popular and often-imitated serif typeface; Stempel Garamond is a 1924 copy of an actual Garamond, from the Eglenoff-Berner specimen sheet of 1592. It also sports an italic based on a true Garamond cut. Other models, including the ATF and Monotype versions were based on the misattributed types of Jean Jannon, held at the Imprimerie Nationale in Paris. Since the ATF revival in 1916 there have been many variations, all by different foundries, of which the ITC Garamond is the least respected. Garamond 3 is a Linotype copy of the ATF Garamond. Linotype Granjon, by George William Jones, Sabon by Jan Tschichold, and Adobe Garamond by Robert Slimbach, may be the best modern interpretations of this classic.

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picture: Konemann Pubs