The Original Classic

François Rappo is reviving the work of Jean Jannon through this meticulous study of a quintessential 17th century French type. JJannon’s letters reflect a sense of grandeur and attention to detail that defined the baroque era.

Swiss-born, Jean Jannon worked at the Estienne printing atelier in Paris before escaping to Sedan, to avoid persecution for his Protestant beliefs. He then found employment as a printer for the Calvinist Academy where he began to cut his own letters. In 1641, he received a commission from the Imprimerie Royale from which “Caractères de l’Université” originated. For 300 years, his letters were misattributed to Claude Garamond; at the beginning of the 20th century the eminent scholar Beatrice Warde would rectify this inaccuracy.

This contemporary version of JJannon brings to light this historical saga. Rappo masterfully reinvigorates its distinctive elegance and sharpness by preserving the asymmetrical axis, the small inclined bowl of the “a”, and the detailed cupped serifs from the original drawings. JJannon is expanded into a 16 style family to accommodate any serious typesetting work, for display and text.


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