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Specimens of Printing Types from Stephenson Blake, The Caslon Letter Foundry, Sheffield

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Editor: Stephenson Blake
Publisher: The Caslon Letter Foundry
Publication: 1950, First Edition
Binding: Hardcover, section sewn
Pages: 236
Size: 140 x 250
Text: English

(Preface)The history of the Letter Foundry of Stephenson, Blake & Co. Ltd. is bound up with the earliest days of printing in England, and the first links of the chain uniting the Tudor Printer-Letter Founders with the Foundry at Sheffield are sufficiently well authenticated to be worthy of preservation.

There appears to be little doubt that Caxton's pupil Wynkyn de Worde produced types in London between I495-1534 by means of an adjustable mould, while it is certain that John Day was a practical letter founder from 1546-1554 as well as a printer. Wynkyn de Worde and John Day had, as their successors, the so-called Polyglot Letter Founders (1637-1667). Between 1659 and 1683 Joseph Moxon cast types in London, and wrote a book «Mechanick Exercises."

Condition: Good. All titles are used and show shelf ware consistent with age. Slight rubbing to covers. Please contact me for further information on condition.

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