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Christophe Plantin

French printer active in Antwerp 1555 to 1580, secret Protestant and leading Catholic publisher of the Counter-Reformation; he directed van den Keere in the production of new roman styles. His press, the Officina Plantiniana, survives in its entirety as the Plantin-Moretus Museum, sold to the City of Antwerp in 1876. Its unmatched collection of 16th century typefaces in punches, matrices and type is a haven for type historians and revivers of old type designs.

Unfortunately the typeface named after him is not a serious revival of Plantin’s work.