Ambroise Std 6 styles
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Originally published in 2001, this brand new revision of Ambroise, — including new italics — has taken 15 years! Ambroise is a contemporary interpretation of various typefaces belonging to Didot’s late style, conceived circa 1830, including the original forms of g, y, &; and to a lesser extent, k. These unique glyphs are found in Gras Vibert, cut by Michel Vibert. Vibert was the appointed punchcutter of the Didot family during this period. It is the Heavy, whom sources were surest that Jean François Porchez has been used as the basis for the design of the typeface family. In the second half of the 19th century, it was usual to find fat Didots in several widths in the catalogs of French type foundries. These same typefaces continued to be offered until the demise of the big French foundries in the 1960s. Obviously the characteristic shapes of g, k, y marking the Ambroise had to be accompanied by more conventional alternatives on the Ambroise. This was achieved with the introduction of variants g, k, more acceptable in certain contexts and uses. Ambroise attempts to reproduce more of what we see printed on paper in the 19th century; a more accurate representation of Didot punches. So, the unbracketed serifs are not truly square straight-line forms but use tiny transitional curves instead. The result on the page appears softer and less straight, particularly in larger sizes.
Foundry Typofonderie
Designers Jean François Porchez
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