Bonesana is a very sober transitional typeface in the style of Baskerville, inspired by the late works of Pierre-Simon Fournier the Younger and by Giambattista Bodoni’s early work. In the encyclopaedic spirit of the 18th century, it mixes the rhythm of a moderate Baroque with a neoclassical rigour, that has not yet been straightlaced by the dryness of the Didot type.


It was first designed for a reprint of Cesare Beccaria On crime and punishment. The essence of Bonesana belongs to Age of Enlightment, a time when one saw no contradiction between universalism and humanism.


Bonesana is available in three versions, Standard, Pro, and Expert, each one offering a different number of glyphs. The Expert version contains, in roman and italic, 3,296 glyphs, including letters for Greek, Cyrillic, and for the transliteration of Arabic and Sanskrit.


With its clear allusion to the 18th century, Bonesana also offers a titling version of ‘white’ ornamented letters.


For more details about the styles and glyphs, download the specimen in PDF (33 pages).


Cesare Beccaria Bonesana (1738–94), European philosopher and jurist.




Cesare Beccaria, Des délits et des peines / Dei delitti e delle pene, translated from Italian to French by Philippe Audegean, Lyon, ENS Éditions, 2009.


Sankrit and Arabic translitteration. Émilie Aussant, Le nom propre en Inde, Considérations sur le mécanisme référentiel, Lyon, ENS Éditions, 2009.



Alexander Casella, Breaking the Rules, Geneva, Éditions du Tricorne, 2011.


Michel Hänggi and Géraud Siegenthaler, Ritratti, 78 portraits d'immigrés italiens, Porrentruy, Société jurassienne d’Émulation, 2010. Graphic design: Gilles Lepore.

Télérama, special issue ‘Crime and Punishment’, 2010.


Typo lyrics, the sound of fonts, Slanted, Birkhäuser, Basel, 2010.


Latins, Greek and Cyrillic types.

Type specimen and interview with Michael Mischler / Gestalten Fount Foundry, June 2009.

Discours de la servitude volontaire by Étienne de La Boétie, set in Bonesana.