Duc de Berry

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Duc de Berry was designed by Gottfried Pott as part of the 1990 program, Type before Gutenberg, which included the work of twelve contemporary font designers and represented styles from across the ages. It is named after the Duke of Berry, aka John the Magnificent, a collector of illuminated manuscripts and other works of art he commissioned, such as the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, one of the best surviving examples of French Gothic manuscript illumination. Duc de Berry is influenced by French blackletter traditions but has more open counters and curvilinear strokes. The distinguishing flourishes and hairline strokes of the capital letters give them an elegance which makes them suitable for use as initials, and when set as text it is more readable than other blackletter typefaces.