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The Hennies' print shop typographic repertoire: from Germany to São Paulo

Grant number: 21/10507-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2022
Effective date (End): May 06, 2022
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Industrial Design - Visual Programming
Principal Investigator:Priscila Lena Farias
Grantee:Jade Samara Piaia
Supervisor: Nikolaus Weichselbaumer
Host Institution: Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany  
Associated to the scholarship:19/07566-6 - The typographic repertoire of Tipografia Hennies: contributions to São Paulo city graphic memory, BP.PD


This research project is based on the typographic repertoire of Tipografia Hennies Irmãos (Hennies Brothers Letterpress Printing Shop), focus of the current post-doctoral research. It intends to broaden the knowledge about movable types that circulated in the first century of letterpress printing in the city of São Paulo. It aims to confirm the identification of the typefaces that comprise the repertoire of those printers and to investigate their origins, aiming to shed light on the relations between type trade in Germany and the types brought to Brazil by the Hennies. The internship will be carried out in the Book Studies Department of the Gutenberg Institute for World Literature and Script-Oriented Media, Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) Mainz. The supervisor abroad, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Weichselbaumer, is a researcher in the history of typography in Germany linked to the Book Studies Department, and a specialist in type specimen research and optical character recognition. The work plan includes a review of the methods adopted so far and the application of new methods of comparative analysis of typefaces. The results obtained should enlighten the network of Hennies Brothers' type suppliers on German territory, highlighting the visual characteristics of the type families in their repertoire and their history. (AU)

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