Sabon

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Credits

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Foundry(ies)
D Stempel AG , Linotype , Monotype
Release Year
1964
Country of Origin
Germany
Classification
Serif, Old Style, French Old Style
Original Format
Metal (Foundry)
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Tags
books, garamond, old style, renaissance, serif

Background

Jan Tschichold’s Sabon was originally released in three formats: in 1964 as foundry type by the Stempel and in 1966 as hot-metal type for both the Monotype and Linotype casting machines. The italic of the digital versions, as well as the hot-metal versions on which they were based, have several flaws due to the original limitations of the hot-metal technology. These flaws, such as the equal width of the roman and italic and the abrupt truncation of the italic f’s descender, give Sabon a unique character that separates it from other Garamonds.

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