An italic cut by Robert Granjon in 1554. Shown in Hendrik Vervliet’s Palaeotypography of the French Renaissance as “Granjon’s Paragon Italic [It 130]”, with several ligatures, abbreviations, swash caps and terminal forms. Also referred to as Para(n)gonne Cursive, or Parangon Italic. Matrices are preserved at the Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp.
“[O]ne of the most widely used italics in Europe for two centuries.” — Paul Shaw in Revival Type (2017). The italic display and subhead sizes of Garamond Premier are directly based on it. Less directly referenced in Lyon Italic. Marian 1554 is a monolinear hairline interpretation. [cf. Shaw]
Paragon Italic (Granjon) in use
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