The Biography and Typography of William Caxton.

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Creator

William Blades (1824–1890)

Title

The Biography and Typography of William Caxton.

Publisher

Trübner & Co.

Date

1877

Coverage

London

Subject

Octavo

Description

William Caxton was England’s first printer, and therefore of great importance in the history of typography. A successful merchant and diplomat, Caxton began his work as a printer in Bruges in 1473, after being somewhat involved with a printing operation in Cologne in 1471-72. In 1476 Caxton brought the skills he had learned on the Continent to London, where he set up a press in Westminster Abbey.

A couple of Caxton’s types were not very elegant, but they did possess a crude charm. However, his second type is a fine bastarda.

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