Firmin-Didot Frères, Fils, et Cie

Paris, France (Publisher, Printer)

Firmin-Didot Frères, Fils, et Cie is a publishing and printing company in Paris. It was owned and run by a dynasty of printers, publishers, engravers, and type setters, the most famous of whom was Firmin Didot (1764–1836), who inherited his father's business in 1789. He ran the business together with his brother Pierre Didot (1760–1853). Later, Firmin Didot's eldest son, Ambroise Firmin Didot (1790–1876) led the Didot house with his younger brother Hyacinthe Firmin Didot (1794–1880). The Firmin-Didot company gained renown for their illustrated editions of the classics, as well as for publishing inexpensive editions of scholarly texts. The former were illustrated by some of the most respected artists of the day and provided a wide audience access to this art. Indeed, the large, folio-sized books with wide margins and elegant type and sumptuous illustrations were intended to be admired themselves as art objects.

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