Robert Granjon (1513-1590) developed a set of six combinable typographic fleurons (or “arabesques”), which have remained a staple of typographical and academic interest for several hundreds of years. Until now, every example I have seen, and every book written about them, utilize relatively small, decorative showings, which do not live up to the graphic potential of these deceptively simple glyphs.
Here are the six fleurons and some simple combinations of just one of them.
Developing a feel for setting these ornaments can be intuitive at first, but only experience will reveal the endless possibilities. It’s easy enough to put together simple combinations, but you will find that the larger the pattern attempt, the more difficult it will be to execute successfully. There are a good number of books on the subject, many of which are listed below as “suggested reading.”
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A Suite of Fleurons, Ryder, John  Phoenix House, London
Kleins Speil mit Ornamenten, Caflisch, Max  Angelus-Druck Bern – http://jacques-andre.fr/faqtypo/orn/jeux.pdf
The Granjon Arabesque, Offner, Elliot  The Rosemary Press (250 copies)
Printers’ Ornament, Roylance, Dale [?] Columbiad Club (50 copies)
Flowers & Flourishes, Ryder, John  The Bodley Head
Framed with Flowers, Broadribb, Conant  Demi-Griffin Press (100 copies)
An Exploration of the Granjon Arabesques, Tarachow, Michael & Dostale, Mercedes  Pentagram Press (312 copies)
A Granjon Arabesque, Bolton, Clare  Alembic Press (140 copies)
Granjon’s Flowers: An Enquiry into Granjon’s, Giolito’s, and De Tournes’ Ornaments 1542-86, Vervliet, Hendrik D. L.,  Oak Knoll Press
A Showing of Fleurons, Gravemaker, Thomas , Bodleian Bibliographical Press (~30 copies)
The Diary of a Printer in Residence, Gravemaker, Thomas , Letterpress Amsterdam (40 copies) See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlTy6OmiSLY