Jean Jannon - Linotype Font Designer Gallery

Font Designer – Jean Jannon

Born 1580; died 1658. French punchcutter and printer in Paris and Sedan. He worked as a printer for the Calvinist Academy in Sedan. He was arrested by order of Cardinal Richelieu and his equipment, including his font punches and printing matrices, was confiscated. When his typefaces were rediscovered centuries later, they were erroneously attributed to Claude Garamond and consequently served as the source for many Garamond revivals at companies such as American Type Founders and Monotype. His punches and matrices are now preserved in the Imprimerie Nationale in Paris.
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