John Baskerille

. This celebrated printer was born at Wolverley, Worcestershire, in 1706. In 1726 he kept a writing school at Birmingham, but in 1745 he engaged in the japanning busi­ness, to which in 1750 he added the profession of type-founding. After expending a consider­able sum in this pursuit he succeeded, and the works printed by him obtained celebrity. The first of these was Virgil, in 1756, which answered so well that he reprinted it in 1758. In the latter year he was employed by the University of Oxford on a new-faced Greek type, and soon afterwards he obtained leave from the syndicate of Cambridge to print a Bible and two editions of the Common Prayer. The other productions of his press were, Newton’s “Milton,” 2 vols. 4to; Dodsley’s “Fables,” 8vo; Juvenal and Persius, 8vo; Congreve’s Works, 3 vols. 8vo ; Horace, 8vo; Addison’s Works, 4 vols. 4to; a Pocket Dictionary, 12mo; “Jennings on Medals,” 8vo. He also printed editions of Terence, Catullus, Lucretius, Sallust, and Florus, in 4to. Mr. Baskerville died at Bir­mingham, January 8, 1775, and his types were sold to a society at Paris, by whom they were used in printing the works of Voltaire.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 27.

Laurence Coster or Laurent Janszoon Koster



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.

John Bagford

Printing was introduced into Scotland

William Caxton

The First Edition of the New Testament in Greek

Aldus Manutius

Italic Type