Granjon

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This article is about the font. Granjon_sentence_0

For the entrepreneur, see Jacques-Antoine Granjon. Granjon_sentence_1

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CategoryGranjon_header_cell_0_0_0 SerifGranjon_cell_0_0_1
ClassificationGranjon_header_cell_0_1_0 Old-styleGranjon_cell_0_1_1
Designer(s)Granjon_header_cell_0_2_0 George W. Jones (roman, italic)

Chauncey H. Griffith (bold)Granjon_cell_0_2_1

FoundryGranjon_header_cell_0_3_0 L&M (Linotype & Machinery)

LinotypeGranjon_cell_0_3_1

Date releasedGranjon_header_cell_0_4_0 1924Granjon_cell_0_4_1

Granjon is an old-style serif typeface designed by George W. Jones in the period 1928–1929 for the British branch of the Linotype company, and based on the Garamond typeface that was used in a book printed by the Parisian Jean Poupy in 1592. Granjon_sentence_2

The roman design was from Claude Garamond and the italic version was from Robert Granjon. Granjon_sentence_3

Because several other Garamonds were on the market in the 1920s, Jones decided to name his type Granjon. Granjon_sentence_4

Jones, a master printer based in London, had been engaged by Linotype to improve the quality of their typeface range through the development of revivals of notable type designs of the past. Granjon_sentence_5

Granjon was popular in the metal type era and Beatrice Warde described it as her favourite revival of French renaissance typefaces in her famous 1926 article on the topic; it was also praised by former Linotype designer Walter Tracy. Granjon_sentence_6

(Many of the Garamond revivals of the 1920s were later shown to be actually based on the types of Jean Jannon; Granjon was an exception to this. Granjon_sentence_7

Warde commented "It would seem that Garamond's name, having so long been used on a design he never cut, is now by stern justice left off a face which is undoubtedly his.") Granjon_sentence_8

Jones developed a companion bold named Bernhard, named for sixteenth-century engraver Bernard Salomon. Granjon_sentence_9

A longtime popular text type, Granjon's digital version is sometimes criticized as being "anemic" in smaller point sizes. Granjon_sentence_10

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, vols. Granjon_sentence_11

I & II (by Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle) were set in Granjon typeface. Granjon_sentence_12


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