DIDOT, the name of a family of learned French printers and publishers.
FRANgois DIDOT (1689-1757), founder of the family, was born at Paris. He be,gan business as a bookseller and printer in 1713, and among his uudertakings was a collection of the travels of his friend the Abbe Prevost, in 20 volumes (1747). It was remarkable for its typographical pe,rfection, and was adorned with many engravings and maps.
Frtaxgots AllenoisE DIDOT (1730-1804), son of Francois, naade important improvements in type-founding, and wa,s the first to attempt printing on vellum paper. Among the works which • he published was the famous collection of French classics prepared by order of Louis XVI. for the education of the Dauphin, aud the folio edition of L'Art de vexifier les dates.