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Highlights of Amsterdam type design

When Sat 12 Oct 1645
Where Krasnapolsky A
What Place and design
Who Mathieu Lommen, John Lane

Amsterdam began its rise to become Europe’s leading centre of printing early in the seventeenth century.

Nicolaes Briot, Christoffel van Dijck, the Voskens family and Nicolaus Kis all supplied type used by Amsterdam printers in what The Netherlands calls its golden age. Seventeenth-century Dutch types spread not only throughout Europe, but also to the East Indies and the Americas. When England took over Holland’s central role, William Calson based his new types on Dutch models.

Amsterdam could still boast of several typefoundries in the eighteenth century. The types most in demand were certainly those cut by the German-born Joan Michael Fleischman (1707-68), who lived in Amsterdam for many years. The largest type foundry active in Amsterdam was founded by Nicolaas Tetterode in 1851. Typefoundry Amsterdam, as it was later called, officially closed its doors in 1988.

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