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Master typographer and historian Kay Amert, at right, had been studying Parisian printer Simon de Colines (1480-1546) and his contributions to the modernization of book design until her death in 2008. Robert Bringhurst has brought Amert’s writings all together in The Scythe and the Rabbit: Simon de Colines and the Culture of the Book in Renaissance Paris, published by Cary Graphic Arts Press. In the image on the left, three of the decorated initials used by Colines and Robert Estienne from 1527. Center, corresponding model letters from Tory’s Champ fleury (Paris, 1529). Lower row, the corresponding lettres fleuries from Champ fleury.

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