Genre font directory has a venerable history and its origin proofs on which the first kovalerchik, former simultaneously printers, checking the quality of their characters before starting to set. The first known leaf samples font 1486, belongs to the German typographer Erhard Raccolto. One of the first known directories font samples in the form of the book was printed in 1658 in the Dutch city of Leiden renowned publishing firm of Elsevier fonts from the printer scientist-orientalist Thomas van Erpe (Arminius). Font directories printing houses were widespread in the era of metal set, but with the introduction of photocomposition the need for them has considerably decreased, and gradually they almost completely disappeared. Now font capabilities of each printing depended not already on the number of purchased cryptonomicon or machine matrices, and on the specific system type-setting machinery, equipped with the same or similar in the figure fonts. It is even more so now, when it is possible to set a huge number of fonts that almost identically reproduced on any pin devices.
However, the catalogue of companies that make and release the font foundries, manufacturers galley equipment, design bureaus) is still of interest. At least, because always interesting sources of fonts. In addition, the old font catalogs-irreplaceable sources of inspiration for the next generation of font designers. Modern directories allow us to imagine the world on font in all its beauty and complexity. Continue reading