Granjon, Robert

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Robert Granjon (grăn´jən, Fr. rōbĕr´ gräNzhôN´), fl. 1545–88, French designer of type and printer. He began his work in Paris and afterward worked in Lyons, Antwerp, and Rome. The types that he designed and made included roman, italic, Greek, Hebrew, and Syriac. He is known especially for his caractères de civilité, based on a beautiful French handwriting and intended to take the place in France that italic type then held in Italy. The greater legibility of italic caused the Granjon style to fall into disuse. Printers who used types designed and made by Granjon included Christophe Plantin, of Antwerp.