First shown in a specimen dated 1817, initially in caps only [Gray 1976]. Several large sizes appeared in Figgins’ 1821 specimen (used for sample). Widely considered to be the first examples of slab serif type.
Known in Germany as Breite fette Egyptienne (Bauer 1854, Stempel, Schelter & Giesecke). Fette Egyptienne (AG für Schriftgießerei, John) is very similar, too. [Wetzig 1926–40]
For a digital version of the 1817 cut, see Figgins Antique (HiH).
- circa 1817
Antique (Figgins) in use
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