Sanlecque [Senlecque], Jacques de
- Anik Devriès
(b Paris, 1614; d Paris, Dec 23, 1660). French type founder and printer . He was the third son of a type founder with the same first name (b Chaulnes, 1573; d Paris, 20 Nov 1648) and was his father's partner before taking over the business himself after the latter's death. Beginning in 1635, father and son created new musical fonts, taking the art of letter-cutting ‘to the highest point of perfection then possible’, as the type founder Pierre-Simon Fournier wrote 100 years later. The Sanlecques perfected three kinds of musical fonts, capable of adaptation to ‘petite, moyenne et grosse musique’. ‘These three fonts’, wrote Fournier, ‘are a masterpiece in the precision of the lines, the accuracy of the oblique lines linking the notes, and the perfection of their execution’.
On 11 February 1639 Jacques de Sanlecque the younger obtained from King Louis XIII ‘the exclusive privilege of printing plainsong for ten years’. The granting of this privilege aroused the wrath of ...