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Nicolas Jenson

Born: 1420
Birthplace: Bar-sur-Aube, Champagne, France
Died: Sep-1480
Location of death: Venice, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Engraver, Publisher, Typographer

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Created the Roman miniscule

Sent by Charles VII to Mainz, Germany, where he probably learned the art of movable type from Johannes Gutenberg between 1458 and 1462. In 1469 he established his press in Venice, where he printed exceptional editions of Greek and Latin works. As a typographer, he adapted Carolingian script to create a lowercase alphabet, accompanying it with Roman capital letters, creating the typographic style now known as Roman type.



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