Nicolette Gray documents this face as “Zig-Zag, Figgins 1845.”¹ Kelly illustrates a similar one shown as Roman Grotesque by George Nesbitt in 1838.² Nesbitt, a New York printer, was the only known sales representative of Edwin Allen, a wood type producer.

The earliest specimen personally examined is shown in 1839 as Originales by Tarbé (Paris), an early principal of Fonderie Génerale [1834–1912], “Successor to Molé.”

Tarbé does not show it in 1835; sometime between the two editions, he suceeded Firmin Didot as well. The logical conclusion is that Zig-Zag originated with Didot before 1839. Together with the tradename Originales, the final specimen leaves little doubt:

A later FG owner, Charles Laboulaye, shows it in 1853 with a notice of registration by the French National Library (Bibliotèque Impériale), intellectual property rights comparable to those conferred by a US design patent.

This letterpress typeface has not been digitally archived for posterity.

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