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italic:

see typetype,
for printing, was invented in China (c.1040), using woodblocks. Related devices, such as seals and stamps for making impressions in clay, had been used in ancient times in Babylon and elsewhere.
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Italic

 

(also cursive; see [2] below).

(1) A type style characterized by a slant to the right that is similar to that of handwriting; it is intended to emphasize parts of a text. Italics may be lightface or semibold. A word to be set in italic type is underlined with a wavy line. [This is the Soviet and European convention; in the USA a straight line is used.] This sentence is set in italic type.

(2) The cursive script of Latin and Greek writing, which arose as a result of the desire for speed and convenience of writing without lifting the pen; from this came letters that slope to the right and are joined in a single, continuous motion. The oldest cursive writing dates to the first or second century A.D.; it was widely used, beginning in the ninth century, in Greek and Byzantine writing for formal, diplomatic, and commercial correspondence.

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(In Colines' case he would revise a face but retain characters he thought were successful.) This leads to complications, such as the fact that half of Granjon's italics were smaller than Pica, in size, and we only have evidence from (sometimes badly printed) 500year-old books to go on.
Thus, if most of the earliest Lyonese italic-letter editions are counterfeits, or `pseudo-Aldines,' one of the first three editions is a `quasi-Aldine,' that is, an edition derived from a non-Aldine edition but printed in a (protected) italic. (10) So, it is evident that, from the start, the Lyonese had grasped the essence of the new Aldine principle.
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Venice's northeastern frontier, it was a cultural borderland of alpine and peninsular, of Germanic, Italic and even Slav.
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At this point another interesting aside intrudes, this time dealing with the history of writing and the development of the italic letter and the separation of words.
* Avoid Italics. Italic type is hard to read on screen.