26 Geoffroy Tory 1480-1533
Champ Fleury
Paris, for Geoffroy Tory and Gilles de Gourmont, 1529
To the Renaissance mind, excellence in even so esoteric a matter as the formation of letters could not be altogether accidental. Accordingly, for more than fifty years from the latter part of the fifteenth century well into the sixteenth, active minds everywhere were at work in the attempt to reduce the design of roman capital letters to a formula. Among the numerous publications, each claiming to set forth the true and best proportions of the alphabetic forms, Tory's offering to the discussion, Champ Fleury, is regarded by modern critics as the most significant. In it Tory evaluated the contributions by other theorists, and he advocated reforms of French orthography, the use of accents, the cedilla, the apostrophe and simple punctuation marks, thus helping shape the modern French language. Champ Fleury was so highly regarded at the time of its appearance that Tory was awarded the position of Imprimeur du Roy to Francis I in 1530. In the original stamped leather binding, this copy is from the American Type Founders Company Library.
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