Scroll Shaded No. 2
The Figgins TF (London) showed the typeface discussed here as Scroll Shaded No. 2 in 1843, the earliest example in Great Britain documented by Nicolette Gray.¹

In 1834, the Molé TF (Paris) published Prix des caractères et des matrices de Molé jeune [Prices for type and matrices, the “master” for casting type]. In 1835, E. Tarbé issued a catalog as “Sucessor to Molé”; in 1839, as Fonderie Génerale [FG], “Sucessor to F. Didot, Molé, Crosnier et Éverat.”

The earliest specimen personally examined is shown in Tarbé 1835 (numbered), so the design probably originated with Molé before 1835. Tarbé’s FG successor, Laboulaye, showed it in 1853. In 1912, Fonderie Génerale was absorbed by Peignot, which merged with Deberny in 1923.

This letterpress typeface has not been digitally archived for posterity.

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¹Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 200. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
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