A specimen by William Caslon, letter-founder, in Chiswell-Street, London.

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Creator

Caslon, William

Title

A specimen by William Caslon, letter-founder, in Chiswell-Street, London.

Publisher

[William Caslon]

Date

[1738]

Coverage

London

Subject

Broadside.

Description

One of the first type specimens issued by William Caslon (1693–1766), who began his type foundry under the patronage of printer William Bowyer. This 1738 specimen contains Caslon’s renowned roman old-face types, as well as several exotic letterforms, including Gothic, Coptic, Armenian, and Samaritan. Caslon’s roman types were greatly admired by Benjamin Franklin and other colonial American printers, and they were used for the official printing of the Declaration of Independence.