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Mayeur Type Foundry [Gustave Mayeur]

The Mayeur Type Foundry was based at 21 Rue de Montparnasse in Paris and operated from 1882 until 1919 under the direction of Gustave Mayeur (1837-1891).

Somehow, Fonderie Mayeur evolved (in an unclear manner, to me at least) from l' ancienne Maison Battenberg, created in 1843 by Battenberg, graveur and fondeur, located in rue du Dragon, 20, Paris. Battenberg's gorgeous engravings include vignettes du moyen age, vignettes raisins, vignettes grimpantes, vignettes rubans, vignettes treillage, tetes de chapitre, culs de lampe, fleurons, titling ornaments and initials. Their specimen books have many jewels, such as this Mauresques Noires (1898). Gustave Mayeur is credited with the Wedding Plate Script typeface.

Mayeur died in 1891. Allainguillaume succeeds the widow Mayeur in 1892. The company was bought by Saling in 1904 and later sold to the Fonderie Typographique Française in 1921.

Mayeur's work can be found in these publications:

  • Fonderie typographique Gustave Mayeur, ancienne maison Battenberg (1880). Local directory.
  • Nouvelle collection des anciens types du XVIIe siècle imités par la Fonderie Gustave Mayeur (Paris, Fonderie typographique Gustave Mayeur, 21--rue du Mont-Parnasse, 1883) (1888 edition).
  • Spécimen-album de la fonderie Gve Mayeur, Allainguillaume&cie, succrs. Labeurs&journaux, initiales&caractères variés de fantaisie, vignettes, ornements, etc (Paris, 1895). Later revisions: Spécimen-album de la fonderie Gve Mayeur, Allainguillame&cie, succrs. Labeurs&journaux, initiales&caractères variés de fantaisie, vignettes, ornaments, etc (Paris, rue du Montparnasse, no 21-VIe arrondissement [1897], 343 pages, a comprehensive specimen book), 1900 edition, 288 pages, 1903 edition, 329 pages.

Most of these books are simply magnificent, if only for the splendid use of frilly ornaments and borders, initial caps, Normandes (heavy didone titling typefaces), Italiennes (Western or Egyptian style), and emblems (such as the Armoiries des villes de France).

One of the publications by Allainguillaume, ca. 1904-1910, is Clichés typographiques: caractères d'imprimerie Mayeur: gravure, clichés, sujets, attributs divers, médailles (Paris).

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