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  • Mr Pascal FulacherDirector of the Atelier
    du Livre d’art & de l’Estampe
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Typography and Engraving

Bookmarks and Chinese notebooks

Hand Compositions by orientalist typographers with exclusive Imprimerie Nationale characters: Buis du Régent, Chinese characters engraved on wood between 1715 and 1742. Joseph de Guignes used them for the Chinese, French and Latin Dictionary, which he published in 1813 at the Imprimerie impériale at the express order of Napoléon Ier.

Bookmarks 13 models:

  • mountain key and hill key
  • wood key
  • water key
  • stone key
  • wind key
  • sun key
  • grass key
  • horse key
  • dragon key
  • eye key
  • mouth key
  • locked-up object key
  • pig key

3 €

Envelope (Arches paper) containing 12 bookmarks and a historical note

Case Models

Case plates of the world’s main scripts, for which the Imprimerie Nationale holds the original punches. A case is a flat box, with compartments, in which typographers extract characters one by one in order to compose a text.

12 models:

  • King’s Greek
  • Ethiopian
  • Hieroglyphs
  • Gujarati
  • Ninivite
  • Arabic of the "Quatre Évangiles"
  • Karmic Arabic
  • Kufic Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Armenian
  • Phoenician
  • Tamil

Each case model in the portfolio: 7 €

Character study : Grandjean

Nearly a century before the Enlightment Encyclopedia, Colbert published the description of handcrafts and manufacturing Processes (Description des arts et métiers). A commission was created under the authority of the Académie royale des sciences, to devise a new typographic character. In 1692, the commission formulated a mathematical and geometrical theory illustrated by a series of drawings and copper engravings by Simonneau and Rochefort: each letter is inserted in a grid made up of 2304 little squares for Roman capital letters and 2688 little squares for lower-cases. These drawings inspired Philippe Grandjean as he engraved Romain du Roi, also called the Grandjean.
A Grandjean alphabet book.

Comes in a box set.
60 numbered copies and 10 numbered copies, privately printed.
Printed in June 2010.
Box size: 46,5 x 57,5 cm.

1 200 €

Exotic and imaginary typographies

Pierre de Rochefort (1716-1719)

From 1695 Rochefort engraved a series of alphabets, which contributed to the construction of "Romain du Roi".
Later, Rochefort engraved a series of exotic, imaginary and esoteric alphabets. Colbert meant to publish these plates in a treatise on the description of handcrafts and manufacturing Processes (Description des arts et métiers). It was never published. The Imprimerie Natioanle’s Cabinet des Poinçons (Punch Room) holds all these copper plates. These engravings have never been published. Their unequalled beauty is here revealed for the first time.

9 models:

  • Georgian alphabet
    Japanese alphabet, used in China
  • Salomon second alphabet
    Apollonius of Tyana’s alphabet
    German Jews’ Character
    Spanish Jews’ Characters
  • Angel Raphael’s Character
    Celestial Character
    Angels’ Character.
    Characters given to Abraham
  • Maronites’ general alphabet

Engravings printed on Vellum d’Arches paper, 270g, on an 18th Century press at the Atelier du Livre d’Art et de l’Estampe.

Each engraving is printed in 80 numbered copies and 20 numbered copies, privately printed.

Portfolio size: 38 x 51 cm

150 €

Oriental Collection

In 1882, William B. Berend published a collection of plates representing the main monuments of Florence’s Egyptian Museum. Dujardin’s intaglio prints came with transcriptions of the hieroglyphic inscriptions engraved on the buildings.

Engravings from ancient Egypt
3 models of engravings, I, II and III, with historical texts and hieroglyphic compositions, each in a portfolio.
The text is composed by hand with exclusive characters from the Imprimerie Nationale: hieroglyphs and Marcellin-Legrand.

Engravings based on original intaglio printing printed on an 18th Century press at the Imprimerie Nationale’s Atelier du Livre d’Art et de l’Estampe.
Each engraving is printed in 70 copies, 10 of which are privately printed.

70 € each print