Reynolds Stone’s Janet

When in Matrix 28 we printed Michael Harvey’s account of the digitising of Reynolds Stone’s Janet fount, we included a print from the original wood-engraving on which Reynolds had engraved each character, except for some reason the figure 5. He also omitted the italic caps, intending perhaps that the roman should be used, copying the practice of the incunabula printers.
Humphrey Stone allowed us to print off some additional copies of the engraving, and we set some Centaur to go underneath it. The smaller size is the 18-on-22-point adapted by Bruce Rogers for the Oxford Lectern Bible of 1936, for which we have one of the two sets of matrices (see Matrix 31, p. 00).
The engraving itself is a faultlessly engraved piece of fruitwood, now with a deep patina of use and age. Janet must surely be the only type designed onto an endgrain block.

20 ½ x 14 ½ ins, 24- and 18-point Centaur and Arrighi, Zerkall mould-made, wood-engraving by Reynolds Stone, 150 copies.


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