What sounds like a posh marketing name is in fact just a generic description: lettres ombrées ornées is French for “shaded decorated letters”. This design goes back to a typeface from c. 1820 by the Paris-based foundry of Joseph Gillé. In 1862, Laurent & Deberny had adopted it in various size variations (Lettres ornées N. 101, N. 103, N. 89). It reappears at Deberny & Peignot under the name of Lettres Ombrées Ornées. Letraset had it as Lettres Ornees. Dieter Steffmann made a freely available (but unsatisfactory and limited) digitization in 2002. FontMesa announced a new digital version with a lowercase for 2014.
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Fenella Illustrated Children Books by David Gentleman1966
- David Gentleman
Contributed by Florian Hardwig