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Nineteenth-century reactions against the didone type model - I

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Author: G.W. OVINK
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Nineteenth-century reactions against the didone type model - I Introduction. Caslon, Old Style, Old Style Antique By 1840 the 'modern' faces or 'didones' (in the Vox-classification used hence- forward) completely dominated the typographic scene. Since the days of Firmin Didot and Bodoni they had become increasingly condensed and regular. The I 845 spccimen of the Fonderie G6n6rale epitomizes the style: the page reproduced by Updikel is typical of its dozens of pages with almost identical designs. A reaction against these crawling masses of heavy, parallel lines was inevitable and started in that same decade. The nineteenth century (at least from

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