This astronomical clock was designed and built by the mathematician Peter Fanzago of Clusone in 1583.
Credit for the first cursive type is generally given to the French punchcutter Robert Granjon, who made a type based on the Gothic cursive book hand that had been in use for several centuries in northern Europe before the invention of printing... It was related to the bâtarde form of blackletter type, although it was certainly more freely written. The first use of the Granjon cursive was in Dailogue de la Vie et de la Mort, by Innocenzio Ringhierei, printed at Lyons in 1557. Its second appearance, the following year, was of greater importance, as it was used in La Civilité Puerile, written by Erasmus as a grammar of manners for children. Reprinted innumerable times in later centuries, ans always with the same style of type, the title became synonymous with the type: Civilité.
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