THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
Les honneurs ex¬
l'on rendit à au¬
guste après fa
rent une nouvel¬
le impieté dans
Fig. 283. Two-line Great Primer Roman no. 783, cut by
Rosatt in 1746. Resetting of part of the type-specimen
of J.-F. Rosart, Brussels, 1761.
L'homme dans le
étoit dans la feli¬
cité; mais la rage
& l'envie du Dé¬
mon les a réduits
dans la dernière
Fig. 284. Two-line Great Primer Roman N0.783, cut by Rosart
in 1746. Resetting of part of the type-specimen of the
Widow Decellier, Brussels, 1779.
Fig. 285. Two-line Great Primer Roman N0.783, cut by Rosart.
Upper line : the figures belonging to the first state of the face.
Lower line : the figures belonging to the second state of the face.
the matrices. That being so, De Groot's matrices must have reached him before
1752 but after 1747, when this type was first cut.
A certain amount of history can be found out by a close investigation of Rosart's
types as they were shown in various specimens. First, the Two-line Great Primer
Italic that, as I said, Rosart sold to Jacob Cambier and for which Enschedé also
bought matrices after modifications to some of the letters. It is displayed letter-
by-letter in Cambier's specimen,1 so that we can see that the letters altered for
 See List of type-specimens No. 89. It has no heading.
PETIT CANON ROMAIN.
urbanas fedis apparitor
clandeftina fraude pif
torem concuiferit, ac-
cufatis atque convic-
tus, perpetui panifìcii
Cod. Lib. XII. Tit.
Liv. 2. ç ÍTÍ1 fffl fiffi fiffi
Fig.286. Two-line English-bodied Roman no. 784, cut by
Rosart in 1747. Resetting of part of the type-specimen of
J.-F. Rosart, Brussels, 1761, but featuring different r, s and v.
PETIT CANON ROMAIN.
Les Dieux domefti-
ques s'appelloient La¬
res, ou bien Penates,
& étoit fouvent de pe¬
tits Marmoufets atta¬
chés en divers lieux de
la maifon, qu'ils hono¬
raient comme leurs
protecteurs, & de tems
en tems leur offraient
des facrifices de vin &
Fig. 287. Two-line English-bodied Roman no. 784, cut by
Rosart in 1747. Resetting of part of the type-specimen of the
Widow Decellier, Brussels, 1779, but featuring different r, s and v.
Enschedé were ffffiTvwxy and the ampersand (fig. 281, p. 253). Cambier's
matrices passed with the punches to Ploos van Amstel in 1767 with the rest of the
material of Jan Roman & Company. The type is N0.5. Groóte canon Cursyfin the Ploos
van Amstel specimen-book of 1767, No. 1 being the later face that was shown by
Pfeiffer. When our firm bought the Ploos van Amstel foundry in 1799, the two sets
of matrices were mistaken for duplicates, and a composite set was made of sorts
chosen from both, the remainder being scrapped. Only later the consequences
of the mistake were seen to be serious, and the Two-line Great Primer Italic
vanished from our specimens to be replaced by one of more modern fashion (figs.
279-282, p. 253).
The Two-line Great Primer Roman No. j8j supplied by Rosart to Enschedé was the
same as Pfeiffer 's, and it has continued in our possession without undergoing any
alterations. Figures 283 and 284 show it as it was set in the specimen-book issued by
Rosart in 1761 at Brussels1 and in that by his successor, the Widow Decellier, in
 Epreuve de caracteres ...de Jacques François Rosart, Brussels 1761. List of type-specimens no. 105.