. As much good printing was done with these, a short account may not be unin­teresting. They consisted of two circular pieces of felt, leather, or canvas covered with com­position, stuffed with wool and nailed to the ball stocks, used to cover the surface of the article to be printed with ink, in order to obtain an imprefsion from it. Moxon says they were occasionally stuffed with hair; and that if the ball stocks were six inches in diameter the ball leathers were cut about nine inches and a half in diameter. They were made larger, according to the work they were required for; those used for newspapers were the largest.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 23.

Francis Stephens


The Stationers’ Company

John Fust, or Faust

The first work in the English language

The Length of Literary Copyright

The letters in the alphabets of the different nations

Henry Stephens, Stephanus, or Étienne

Robert Stephens

Charles Stephens

Henry Stephens

Robert Stephens

Francis Stephens


The Stationers’ Company

Benjamin Franklin

The paper duty

The first book printed in Europe

The Stanhope Press

Laurence Coster or Laurent Janszoon Koster

John Baskerille


Joha Baptist Bodoni

The Mazarine Bible.