March 27th, 2010

Lettres Fantastiques

By Shane Bzdok

In 1529, Geoffroy Tory published Champ Fleury: The Art and Science of the Proportion of the Attic or Ancient Roman Letters, According to the Human Body and Face. This three book set covers subjects ranging from French pronunciation guidelines to instructions on grid-based construction of the Latin alphabet. The third book closes with thirteen alphabets designed by Tory, including one called Lettres Fantastiques which uses illustrated hand tools to define the letterforms.