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John Baskerville type-founder and printer, 1706-1775 by Josiah H. Benton

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Published by Priv. print. [D.B. Updike] in Boston .
Written in English



  • England,
  • Great Britain


  • Baskerville, John, 1706-1775,
  • Printers -- Great Britain -- Biography,
  • Type designers -- Great Britain -- Biography,
  • Type and type-founding -- England -- History -- 18th century,
  • Early printed books -- England -- 18th century -- Bibliography,
  • Printing -- England -- History -- 18th century,
  • England -- Imprints

Book details:

Edition Notes

A paper prepared and read at a meeting of the Boston society of printers, Feb. 24, 1914, formed the basis of this book. cf. Pref. note.

Statementby Josiah Henry Benton, LL. D.
LC ClassificationsZ232.B2 B4
The Physical Object
Pagination3 p.l., 78 p.
Number of Pages78
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6569809M
LC Control Number14016744

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