Monticello (typeface)

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Monticello is a typeface, a transitional, based upon the Roman Pica no. 1 foundry type made by the American type foundry Binny & Ronaldson in the 1790s. It is considered the first typeface designed and manufactured in the United States. American Type Founders Co. issued a version, based on the original molds, named Oxford. In 1949, Linotype Corporation issued a Monticello typeface for hot metal machine composition for the published edition of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. A digital version, also named Monticello, was issued in 2003 by Matthew Carter for the Jefferson Papers. Jefferson knew and corresponded with James Ronaldson.[1] [2]

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  1. ^ "Monticello: The History of a Typeface" by Charles Creesy, Princeton University Press; Printing History: the Journal of the American Printing History Association, Volume XXV (2006) Number 1. Online copy: http://press.princeton.edu/Monticello/
  2. ^ "'Our Infant Manufactures': Early Typefounding in Philadelphia," by Jennifer B. Lee, Printing History: the Journal of the American Printing History Association, volume XI (1989) no. 2.


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