The Bignon Commission’s Measured Bodies: Inventing Typeface and Describing the Mechanical Arts under Louis XIV

The Bignon Commission’s Measured Bodies:  Inventing Typeface and Describing the Mechanical Arts under Louis XIV

Sarah Grandin  “Through his hands man establishes contact with the austerity of thought.” — Henri Focillon, In Praise of Hands[1] Père Sébastien Truchet (1657-1729) sought mathematical solutions to morphological problems. Whether his duty was to manage royal forests, design timepieces, or improve numismatic storage methods, his working notes are dominated by ruled…

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