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Pierre Simon Fournier (1712-1768)

Known as Fournier le jeune, in his day he gained a reputation as "the compleat typographer". He was tremendously industrious and cut over 80 types in 28 years.

He wrote the first account of typemaking written by an actual typefounder. His Manual typographique of 1764 was very influential. He is famous for his decorative ornamental letters festooned with flowers, which were very popular in the middle of the 18th century.

"When he died at 56, he had made more changes in typography and set a more distinctive personal mark on the printed book than any one else of his day. (Beatrice Warde 1926)"


Fonts designed by Pierre Simon Fournier

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