Posts Tagged ‘alphabetic sentences’

October 5

Of the making of alphabetic sentences there is no end, but it must be admitted that it all started with printers. No doubt the first printer’s devil hit upon the scheme in order to learn better the unique arrangement of the earliest type case. The practice was continued with the development of the keyboard operated [...]

February 10

The compositor who composed on this day in 1734 the even lines of Latin prose which made up William Caslon’s first specimen sheet no doubt considered the task quite ordinary, such was the level of literacy of most of the printers of that period. His employer, the typefounder William Caslon, had started something however which [...]