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L.S. Tikhomirov

L.S. Tikhomirov (aka Lila-Purushottam das and Lilap das) revived 19th century Nagari foints that were cut and used in Europe throughout the 19th century. These free fonts are called Santipur99 and Gudakesa99. About the origin of these fonts, we quote from Glaister's Glossary by Geoffrey Ashall Glaister: In 1728, the Royal Library in Paris became Europe's main centre of Sanskrit studies. In 1820, August Wilhelm von Schlegel, professor of Sanskrit at Bonn Academia Rhenana, commissioned a fount of nagari type. The result was Vibert's excellent 20-point size of 1821 [...] Vibert cut the punches and J.-B. Lion cast the type. [...] In 1825 Delafond of Paris cut a 16-point size. At Bopp's instigation, the "Akademie der Wissenschaften" in Berlin acquired Schlegel's matrices and equipment for its newly established oriental printing office in 1821. Here Bopp supervised cutting of a smaller fount of nagari to be used for textual notes. [...] In 1825, the "Société Asiatique" in Paris bought the Schlegel and Bopp founts. [...] By mid-century the founts were acquired by Brill of Leyden who issued a specimen "De Sanskrit Drukletters" in 1851. Thus Schlegel's type spread through Europe. The Vibert and Delafond punches are now in the Cabinet des Poincons of the Imprimerie Nationale in France. Now there is also Santipur OT.

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Luc Devroye ⦿ School of Computer Science ⦿ McGill University Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6 ⦿ lucdevroye@gmail.com ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org/fonts.html