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Pierre Didot

Born in Paris in 1761, he died there in 1853. He was in the third generation of the Didot dynasty of printers, son of François-Ambroise Didot. Wikipedia: Pierre Didot was awarded a gold medal at the exhibition of 1798, for his edition of Virgil. By order of the Government, his presses were established in the Louvre, where they remained during the Consulate. The celebrated Louvre editions are Virgil, Racine, Horace, and La Fontaine. The board of examiners of the 1806 exhibition pronounced the Racine edition "the most perfect typographical production of all ages". Pierre Didot was also a poet and translated in verse the fourth book of Georgies, the first books of Horace's Odes, and wrote a number of original poems. Didot published this book in 1819: Specimen des nouveaux caractères de la fonderie et de l'imprimerie de P. Didot, l'ainé, chevalier de l'ordre royal de Saint-Michel, imprimeur du roi et de la chambre des pairs (Paris).

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