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An Introduction to Printing

introduction : early history of printing : printing in europe : the spread of print : printing in england : printing in scotland : later printing illustration : type faces - gothic or black letter : roman : italic : paper : paper manufacture
Aldus Manutius printer's device

Type faces

The design of the letters used in printed books is known as a Type face. The design of type faces changed radically from the invention of printing by Johan Gutenberg to the present day, although many of the type faces that we are used to, and take for granted, were designed by printers in the 15th century.

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