Long Primer

. The Rev. E. Mores Rowe suggests that long means that religious works first set in it were in long lines across the page instead of double columns as previously. It is called Corpus in German, possibly because their “Corpus Juris” was printed in it, a custom still continued. It is also called Garamond, doubtless in honour of the name either of the punch-cutter or founder. The French call it petit Romain and Great Primer gros Romain.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 15.

Pica Type



The first cylinder printing-machine

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