Firmin Didot (1764-1836)
The House of Didot in Paris, France, was one of the most illustrious in the annals of typography. In 1789, no less than seven members of the family were engaged in various branches of the book trade. The House of Didot were the King's printers and encouraged the cutting of new types.
The most important of the three generations of Didot as far as type design is concerned is Firmin. He is responsible for the first modern roman typeface in 1784, which became known as "type Didot". This typeface remained the standard in France for a century and still is used widely today. It remains France's greatest contribution to type design.