Grecian Woods

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November 29, 2013 at 7:01 PM #5529

Alan Jay Prescott

Grecians have mostly been revived by others with varying results. The versions I have developed appear here as Griego and are very consistently drawn:
Griego Condensed
Griego X Condensed
Griego XX Condensed
Griego Full Faced


January 11, 2016 at 3:48 AM #26385


Many thanks for these important gretian revivals, Alan! In her chapter on UK introductions of 1838–1848, Nicolette Gray¹ remarks that “the Grecian and the Rounded are both founded on the simple idea of taking the corner off the letter.”

As you have so astutely observed, US wood-type designers further developed this concept starting in 1846.²

¹Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 42. Faber and Faber Limited, London.

²Kelly, R.R. (1977): American Wood Type, 1828–1900|Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types, pages 272–277. Litton Educational Pub­lishing, Inc./Van Nostrand Reinhold Company (New York 1969). Reprinted by DaCapo Press, Inc. (New York 1977).


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