The first Clarendon, a modified Egyptian style of letter, was registeed by W. Thorowgood and Co. of the Fann Street Letter Foundry in 1845.1 No sooner had the copyright period of three years (with which the letter was invested) expired, 'than the trade was inundated with all sorts of Piracies and Imitation . . . . . 'We have seen that the earliest Ionic were bold display types, but if Besley's rather rough letter was somewhat compressed, a comparison of weights show scarcely, if any, differentiation between if and the earliest Ionic. While our contemporary Ionic are no longer bold display faces but are designed in the main as news paper text faces, i.e. normally weighted types for continuous reading, the Clarendons have remained dark-faced types & their main field of employment has been for distinguishing words in work of reference. Such has been their popularity for this kind of work that Clarendon has been synonym for bold or dark-face types--to many old-establish printers it is generic name for bold compositionsized faces. The feature noted, which marked Besley's Clarendon from its predecessors, the Ionics, though not a characteristic of all nineteenth century Clarendons is one which marks contemporary versions of the types also. They are, in the main, so what condenses faces.
Clarendon is now classed as 'an Egyptian with more differentiation of color and rather lighter serifs than the original model. Some letters follow the roman model rather than what we now think of as Egyptian,____________________