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I have been invited to do a presentation about digital handwriting and calligraphy in three months. For this I would like to retrace the evolution of the reproduction of scripts in type, from the earliest days of metal type to feature-rich OpenType scripts. As I don't have any academic background in typography I would like to fact-check the earliest examples of scripts in metal type. I am not looking to be exhaustive, but want to have the key moments down.
Johannes Gutenberg (c. 1398–1468) > first textur type, based on blackletter handwriting (c. 1450–55)
Aldus Manutius (1449–1515)/Francesco Griffo (1450–1518) > first italic type, based on cancellaresca handwriting
Robert Granjon (1513–1589) > Civilité (1557), script with spectacular kerns
What are the other key moments/scripts between the 16th century and the 20th? From the 20th century on I will only focus on scripts that are designed to look like (connected) handwriting, because this has to lead me to OpenType features that help simulate this.
Mistral, ingenious connected script (Roger Excoffon, 1953)
What are the first examples in metal type of formal calligraphic penmanship, like the copperplate-style scripts?