Bibliothèque de la Pléiade
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The discretionary ligatures (especially the “st”) always looked poorly done to me. They don’t quite fit with the letters. Am I wrong ?
Beatrice Warde certainly called the 'st’ ligature “neither historical nor beautiful”, although she didn’t mind 'ct’. But then, she didn’t like Monotype Garamond very much anyway.
It is a bit of a spindly, wonky thing, especially in larger sizes or onscreen where you can see that without any ink spread to hide it.
I personally like these ligatures—I wish the digital version of Monotype Garamond had those ligatures not only in the italics but also in the romans. Usually, the digital Garamonds have their discretionary ligatures look like the Pléiade’s 'ct’ ligature.