History of French typefaces…swoon

The inner type geek in me is salivating over this exhibit in New York: “Printing for Kingdom, Empire & Republic: Treasures From the Archives of the Imprimerie Nationale”

 

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Image Source: French Culture WebsiteHere’s what the French Embassy has to say about it: “Hundreds of historical punches and matrices of typefaces, as well as various books, are being shown outside of France for the first time ever at the Grolier Club in Manhattan. The exhibition traces the story of the Imprimerie Nationale from the royal printers established by François I in 1538; to the Imprimerie Royale created by Cardinal Richelieu in 1640; to its triumphant survival in the present day. One of the most important printing houses in Europe, the Imprimerie Nationale has preserved 230,000 steel punches, 151,000 copper matrices and 224,000 Chinese ideograms, some of which are on display.”

And here’s an article in the New York Times as well as a blurb from the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America.

It runs through Feb. 4 at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, Manhattan; (212) 838-6690, grolierclub.org.

Cheers, Amy

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