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Modern B42

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If Joan of Arc had reached her 29th birthday she might have been able to read and explore the first bible printed with Gutenberg's mobile typefaces. After a careful study of Gutenberg's mobile types created around 1440, we redesigned them, not with ink and pen, but with our contemporary writing tools such as felt pens. As a result the drawing of the letters looks different but is graphically attractive. The name of this new fount is « Modern B42 » in memory of the bible printed in 42 lines by Gutenberg between 1452 and 1455. We created 4 different versions : first, the « Modern B42 Regular », then , the « Modern B42 Regular Italics » ( though Italics was unknown in Gutenberg's days!), then, the « Modern B42 Bold » which is quite close to the look of old prints with a little too much ink, and finally, the « Modern B42 Letters » whose capitals are adorned by graphic additions to make them look like ornemented initial letters, the matching lower-case types being simply small capitals.

It is true to say that we know little of Joan of Arc and Gutenberg's relationships with books and manuscripts, but there is a continuous link between them and us through writing.

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