Grand Gargantua: a photographic history of typography from the 15th to the 19th century

Ooooooo. This is going to be neat.

Paul Dijstelberge, a bibliographer and an Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam, and his colleague John, Editor of the I Love Typography blog, are producing a unique history of typography: they are taking high-resolution images of 50,000 printed works from the 15th to the 19th centuries, tagging them, and posting them online with commentary. Their project is called Grand Gargantua and will occupy them over the next few years. All images will show samples of printing from the University of Amsterdam library. Click here to see a sample of the images they’ve taken so far.

It will be interesting to see the extent to which Paul and John annotate each specimen. For now, it’s fun to run your fingers through the flashing jewels of this collection.

— Paul Razzell

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