About Jan Van Krimpen

Jan Van Krimpen, 1892–1958, typographer, book designer and type designer.

Not one to either criticize or praise his peers, Ismar David did express admiration for Jan Van Krimpen. Of special interest: Van Krimpen devised a plan for a multi-style, multi weight family of typefaces, called Romulus, before the war. It was never realized. The Roman and sloped Roman were produced in several sizes. A sans serif was cut but never issued.

Van Krimpen studied at the academy of art at The Hague. He received a commission from the Dutch post office to draw the lettering for a special commemorative stamp to be printed by the prominent firm of Enschedé in 1923. The success of the design led Enschedé to invite him to design a new typeface for the firm. The typeface he produced, Lutetia (the Roman name for Paris), was the official lettering for an exhibition of Dutch art in Paris in 1927, and its reception led to his lifelong association with the firm. His types became well known in the United States through the Limited Editions Club and in England through the Nonesuch Press.

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