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A History of the Old English Letter Foundries
With Notes, Historical and Bibliographical, on the Rise and Progress of English Typography


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Printing, Publishing and Libraries

  • Date Published: May 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108012973

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  • Talbot Baines Reed wrote in a period of transition when hot metal typesetting and offset printing were transforming the scale and scope of printing. In the previous 350 years, England had experienced civil war and started the Industrial Revolution. The dissemination of printed information and learning is inextricable to this history, and the art with which this was done is a quintessential part of English culture. Reed is distinctly aware of the great debt that his contemporaries had to the early typographers (notable among them William Caslon - considered the first great English typographer - and John Baskerville), and everywhere in his work is this shown in his meticulous and unstinting presentation of the fascinating details of their artistic exploration and expression. Modern readers will enjoy the technical and historical insight this work affords, and also find the style and presentation fresh and engaging.

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    • Date Published: May 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108012973
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 78 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introductory chapter. The types and type founding of the first printers
    1. The English type bodies and faces
    2. The learned, foreign and peculiar characters
    3. The printer letter-founders, from Caxton to Day
    4. Letter founding as an English mechanical trade
    5. The state control of English letter founding
    6. The Oxford University foundry
    7. The Star Chamber founders, and the London Polyglot
    8. Joseph Moxon
    9. The later founders of the 17th century
    10. Thomas and John James
    11. William Caslon
    12. Alexander Wilson
    13. John Baskerville
    14. Thomas Cottrell
    15. Joseph and Edmund Fry
    16. Joseph Jackson
    17. William Martin
    18. Vincent Figgins
    19. The minor founders of the 18th century
    20. William Miller
    21. The minor founders from 1800 to 1830

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    Talbot Baines Reed

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