. Said to derive its name from extensive use in printing Roman Catholic Breviaries or prayer books, although this definition is now questioned. We know that our trade owes many of its restrictions to clerical influence as well as some of its privi­leges to their assistance, and of course we have used some technical names as tokens of remem­brance. For instance, chapel, justify, monks, friars, etc. In Germany it is called “jungfer,” signifying “maiden letter,” on account of its comeliness.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 16.

Long Primer



The first steam printing

Capitals and leads

About the Letters J and W

The Scriptures were first written on skins

The first iron printing-press


Gothic Letters

Type Founding in Europe

Pica Type

Long Primer



Newspapers were first printed

[The Vatican’s Printing Press]


Richard Pynson

Some Numerals

John Gutenberg


The first work printed in Germany in the Roman characters

John Fust, or Faust