Typography term: Centered setting with decreasing line lengths

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Nina Stössinger's picture
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Typography term: Centered setting with decreasing line lengths
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Is there a term in English for this kind of setting often seen in historical books? Centered setting with decreasing line lengths to make a roughly triangular shape.
See attached example of a Dutch book from the middle of the 18th century; I know the Hipnerotomachia Poliphili has beautiful ones too.

Nina Stössinger's picture
Joined: 19 Jun 2006 - 3:01pm
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Florian Hardwig pointed me to Haslam who calls this “tapered centring”. (German: Spitzkolumne) Thanks!

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I see that Hochuli and Kinross in "Designing Books" call it Tapered Setting. p 34. Pretty much the same as Florian pointed out.

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By the way: “Spitzkolumne” was used for any text block that didn’t fill the page, not just the ones ending in such a triangle.