Garamont or Garamond?

Did he spell his name Garamond or Garamont? This question, which has been the subject of endless debate, was finally settled by Jeanne Veyrin-Forrer during a conference at France's Bibliothèque Nationale in 1993.

Opting for "Garamont", the historian explained that "the spelling of his surname used here is the one that Claude Garamont himself used for his two editions in French, and it is the spelling that appears on his portrait, created by Léonard Gaultier in 1582." Other forms – Garamon, Garamond and even Garamour for Claude Garamont's father – are sometimes found in archival documents, although these "primarily take the form Garamont."

It is now common practice to use "Garamond" when speaking of the font and "Garamont" for the name of the punch-cutter.

However, since the mid-16th century, many type founders and historians of printing have imposed the spelling "Garamond". This form became widespread in the 20th century with the vast numbers of fonts, produced by various foundries, bearing the name "Garamond". It is now so common that historians and graphic designers make a distinction between the "Garamond" typeface and "Garamont" the individual.

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