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Renner Type

Renner Type was made in 1899 by the Bruce Type foundry division of ATF. Theodore L. De Vinne says of this face: Renner is a fair copy, but not a servile imitation, of the style of type devised by Franz Renner of Venice. and first used by him in his edition of the 'Quadragesimale' of 1472. It was made in 1899 (by the Bruce Type foundry division of ATF) for the service of the De Vinne Press, to exemplify the belief of the writer that the legibility of print does not depend so much upon an increase of blackness or thickness of its stems as on the entire and instant visibility of every line in every character.

But Mac McGrew writes: In spite of DeVinne's enthusiasm for it, Renner is a quaint, now dated face. But it is notable for having an Underscore version for emphasis, although an italic was made by Bruce. The underscore consists of a series of short strokes, one to four under each character, cutting through descenders. Because of the varying width of characters, strokes vary somewhat in length. It was copied by Monotype, which extended its life, but has long been obsolete now.

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file name: Theodore Low De Vinne Press The Renner Type 1914







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