Martyn Ould <[log in to unmask]> reports:
> D B Updike: "Printing Types", 2vols, original appears regularly in
> catalogues in the UK at about UKP75 (~USD110).
In North Amrica, expect to pay upwards of US$200 for a copy of the original,
in red cloth (hardback). It's collected...
Most 17th C. English books used Dutch types, most of which have long since
passed into oblivion. The Fell Types at Oxford University Press contain
some examples, I think. Compare with Kis/Janson, and look particularly
at the W, the slant of the crossbar in the e, the serifs on the tops of
the l and b and d (often hard to distinguish) and the stress (thicks and
thins) in the o and O. You won't find an exact match these days, partly
because it's very unlikely that the particular font was digitised, and
partly because the effect of letterpress printing is to make a deep physical
impression, an indent, into the paper. The ink spreads round the sides of
the letter, creating a sort of `halo' which is very distinctive.
Later books, printed on steam presses and using machine-made paper, have
much less sock (as it was called), and the indentation is barely palpable.
I don't know of anything explicitly about 17th C. printing in England.
The reference to the Churchyard is normal, by the way -- most commonly
St. Paul's, but booksellers seem to have set up shop in English churchyards
by the score. I don't know why.
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