Balzac and His Typographic Misfortunes

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Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), the French journalist and author who wrote La Comédie Humaine (“The Human Comedy”), worked as a typefounder, printer, editor and indirectly launched de Berny Foundry (which predates Deberny & Peignot) before achieving fame as a writer with Le Dernier chouan in 1829.


This delightful 200 copy limited-edition off-print from the Feb. 5, 1926, American Printer magazine by Douglas C. McMurtrie, author of The Book and director of typography for Ludlow Typograph Co. between 1937 and 1941, tells of this crucial period in the novelist’s life when bankruptcy and failure was knocking at the foundry’s door.


PRINT’s Typography & Lettering Competition—Early-Bird Deadline Friday!

All too often, typography gets overlooked in larger design competitions—which is why we developed one that gives the artforms their full due and recognizes the best designers in each category. Whether you design your own typefaces, design type-centric pieces or create gorgeous handlettered projects, we want to see your work—and share it with our readers.

Enter today for a chance to be featured in Print magazine, receive a prize pack from, and more. Early bird rates for the competition—which features both pro and student categories—end Oct. 14!