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The types of François-Ambroise Didot and Pierre-Louis Vafflard. A further investigation into the origins of the Didones

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Author: Gerard Unger
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GERARD UNGER The types of François-Ambroise Didot and Pierre-Louis Vafflard. A further investigation into the origins of the Didones In two articles! Jeanne Veyrin-Forrer did pioneering work with her description of types cut at the initiative of the brothers Fran?ois-Ambroise (1730-1804) and Pierre-Fran?ois Didot (1732-93). She divided the work of Fran?ois-Ambroise, which was done between 1780 and 1785, into designs according to the 'premiere, deuxieme' and `troisieme maniere' (illus. 1-3). These types had already been rec- ognized as remarkable creations - particularly those of the 'troisieme maniere', a design which A.F. Johnson (1884-1972) suggested2 should be regarded as the first

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