November 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is an old style typeface cut by Francesco Griffo in 1495. This typeface has all the characteristics of an old style typeface such as not having much contrast in thick-thin relationship, having a small x-height, having ascender height higher than cap height, having an angle to left. As all the old style typefaces Bembo is suitable to be used in books and long texts this means it can be used in continuous text. It is easier to read the continuous texts written with old style typefaces.

“In February 1496, Aldus published a rather insignificant essay by the Italian scholar Pietro Bembo. The type used for the text became instantly popular. So famous did it become that it influenced typeface design for generations. Posterity has come to regard the Bembo type as Aldus’s and Griffo’s masterpiece.” —Allan Haley, Typographic Milestones

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