Philippe Grandjean

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Philippe Grandjean (in modern French spelled Grandjon) (1666–1714) was a French type engraver notable for his series of Roman and italic types known as Romain du Roi (French: King's Roman), produced in tandem with Louis Simonneau.[1]


King Louis XIV, in 1692,[1] directed that a typeface be designed at any necessary expense for the exclusive use of the Royal printer. The design was carried out by Grandjean and Simonneau with approval and supervision by a group of mathematicians and philosophers.


  1. ^ a b Meggs, Philip B. (1998). A History of Graphic Design (Third ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 108–109. ISBN 978-0-471-29198-5.