Typographical Design in Paris in 1799: The Printer’s Manual of Bertrand-Quinquet

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Printer’s manuals seldom discuss aspects of graphic design. A well-known example of a manual which pays attention to them is a French manual by Fertel from 1723. In a more ample way such consideration was given in a less known manual written and published by Bertrand-Quinquet in Paris in 1799: Traité de l’imprimerie. In this paper aspects of typographical design mentioned by the author are discussed. The conclusion is that Bertrand-Quinquet follows the lines of the neoclassical style, set by the Didots at the end of the Ancien Régime.

Typographical Design in Paris in 1799: The Printer’s Manual of Bertrand-Quinquet

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References

  • 6

    Janssen art. cit. (n. 4) p. 197; some points in this article are here discussed in greater detail.

  • 9

    Hesse op. cit. (n. 7) pp. 133-7.

  • 12

    Didot op. cit. (n. 10) pp. 119-20 also draws attention to this risk; cf. Hermann Neubürger Encyklopädie der Buchdruckerkunst (Leipzig 1844 repr. 1984) p. 230. On the fold made by the papermaker see Henk Voorn Old Ream Wrappers (North Hill Pa. 1969) pp. 11-13.

  • 20

    Verkruijsse op. cit. (n. 19) pp. 577-82.

  • 22

    Frans A. Janssen‘The rectangle in typography’Quaerendo40 (2010) pp. 4-10.

  • 23

    Baudin op. cit. (n. 3) p. 276 n. 2.

  • 25

    Kirsop art. cit. (n. 18) pp. 17-8.

  • 27

    Janssen op. cit. (n. 4) pp. 217-8.

  • 29

    Didot op. cit. (n. 10) p. 106. Fertel op. cit. (n. 3) pp. 54-6 113 on the contrary recommends those ornaments.

  • 30

    On this edition Janssen op. cit. (n. 4) pp. 215-23.

  • 31

    Cf. Philippe Minard‘Travail et travailleurs dans les imprimeries sous la Révolution: permanences et mutations’Mélanges de la Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne9 (1989): Livre et révolution pp. 57-8 (English translation: ‘Agitation in the Work Force’ in: Revolution in Print. The Press in France 1775-1800 (Berkeley etc. 1991) pp. 117-9).

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    Martin-Dominique Fertel, La science pratique de l’imprimerie (Saint-Omer, Martin-Dominique Fertel, 1723), title-page (University of Amsterdam, Special Collections, otm og 06-25)
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    Bertrand-Quinquet, Traité de l’imprimerie (Paris, Bertrand-Quinquet, 1799), title-page
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    François de Malherbe, Poésies (Paris, Pierre Didot, 1797), title-page
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    Bertrand-Quinquet, Traité de l’imprimerie (Paris, Bertrand-Quinquet, 1799), p. 73
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    Charles-Louis de Montesquieu, Le temple de Gnide (Paris, Pierre Didot, 1796), p. 65

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