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Created in the 1550s, the civilité typeface was designed to simulate cursive handwriting. Though it was a difficult typeface to work with and eventually faded into obscurity, for a time civilité had its uses: such as for printing short government documents that mirrored the handwritten fill-in-the-blanks information that those documents required. [Call number: Case Wing oversize Z 311 .C716]