Francesco Griffo

Francesco da Bologna, surname Griffo, was a late fifteenth century Venetian punchcutter. He worked for Aldus Manutius cutting early italics, music types and the first roman to appear natural to our eyes. Griffo designed and cut all types for the Aldine Press.

After the death of Manutius in 1515, Griffo returned to Bologna where he printed some of his own editions until his own death in 1518 or 1519, when it is thought he was hanged for killing his brother-in-law.

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