Germaine: A French Elzevir Revival

I came across this typeface in a specimen book by Genzsch & Heyse printers. Elzevir types originated in Netherlands around 17th century, and were hailed for their proportional elegance. Revived by French founders in the 1850s, the Elzevirean letter forms enjoyed a new popularity through early 20th century, and were interpreted by many across Europe. This specimen is one such instance.

The challenge of working on a revival typeface is to most authentically approximate letterforms through the imprint they left on paper. It is in that way an exercise in translation. Germaine is my attempt at translating the French Elzevir typeface, as redrawn by founder Emil Julius Genzsch in 1902.