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There are several typefaces called Garamond. Some are based on the work of the great 16th-century French type designer Claude Garamond[?]. The Original Garamond belongs to the family of Renaissance serif typefaces; see "typeface" for more on classification.

Other typefaces such as American Garamond or Elegant Garamond are not, typically being based instead on the rather different typefaces of Jean Jannon[?]. Italic typefaces called "Garamond" are almost never based on Garamond's own italics; usually they are derived from typefaces by Robert Granjon[?], a younger colleague of Garamond. (The practice of pairing roman and italic typefaces was new in Garamond's time, and he does not appear to have done so himself.)

He also designed a coordinated series of italic typefaces. Though less influential, they also clearly belong to a typeface related to Garamond. They also have notably graceful forms.

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