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TODAY BIRTHDAY: GIAMBATTISTA BODONI (1740)


Giambattista Bodoni (1740)

As did many tradesmen of his day, Bodoni followed in his father’s footsteps, training from a young age to become a printer. He apprenticed at the press of the Vatican before assuming the management of the Royal Press of the duke of Parma in 1768. He paid little mind to the quality of text he printed, prizing typeface and layout above all else. By the 1780s, he was designing his own typefaces, some of which are still in use. What distinguished his typefaces from the “old style” of William CaslonMore… Discuss

 

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