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Joseph Gaspard Gillé

Son and successor of Joseph Gillé, a Parisian typefounder who died in 1789. Joseph Gaspard Gillé was one of the promoters of the newer styles of ornament, and offered typographic decoration to the printers of France, in a kind of stereotype, which he felt sure was going to overthrow the aging woodcuts of the ancien r&eacurte;gime. Read about him in Fleuron 6 (pp. 167ff) and in D.B. Updike's A translation of the reports of Berlier & Sobry on Types of Gillé fils. Gillé fils was influenced by Didot in the design of his lush vignettes, borders and rules. His house specialized in ornaments, fancy letters and script letters. In September 1827 it was bought by Honoré de Balzac.

Author of Receuil Des Divers Caractères, Vignettes et Ornemens [sic] de La Fonderie et Imprimerie J.F. Gillé (Paris, rue Saint-Jean-de-Beauvais, division du Panthéon, 1808). This book was selling for 18,000 Euros in 2013 and 14,900 Euros in 2016.

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