Typefaces

The collection of types in the Museum for the Printing Arts in Leipzig is perhaps the largest and most diverse in Europe.



In the museum, there are wood and lead printing characters, matrices, steel stamps, in all some thirty tonnes from the stocks of famous former type foundries or printing firms. Among them are hieroglyphs, cuneiform and Sanskrit types from the Reichsdruckerei (the Imperial Printing Works in Berlin) and the set of matrices of a gothic script by Jakob Sabon, cut before 1575, and so one of the oldest printing types preserved today.