It is usually believed that the typefounder Robert Thorne (1753–1820) was the first to have introduced in the early 19th century the ‘fat face’, a swollen offspring of the new ‘modern’ types then in vogue. Sébastien Morlighem’s essay intends to reassess his precise role in its development as well as those of other English founders. It is built on a re-reading of several key texts and a careful survey of original specimen books from the Thorne, Caslon & Catherwood, Fry & Steele, and Figgins foundries.
Designed by Jérôme Knebusch typeset in Instant, with Almost Roman used for italics. A cross-page quote is set in If. If was released at the same occasion, designed by Constantin Pfeiffer & Jérôme Knebusch. Second of the Poem Pamphlet series co-edited with Alice Savoie.