The biography and typography of William Caxton, Englands first printer

The biography and typography of William Caxton, Englands first printer

  • Author: William Blades
  • Type: read online
  • Pages: 434 pages
  • ISBN: none
  • ASIN: B01JHPJK1I
  • Edition Language: English


  • William Blades was an English printer and bibliographer. He was born in Clapham, London.In 1840 he was apprenticed to his fathers printing business in London, being subsequently taken into partnership. The firm was afterwards known as Blades, East & Blades. His interest in printing led him to make a study of the volumes produced by Caxtons press, and of the early history of printing in England.His Life and Typography of William Caxton, Englands First Printer, was published in 1861-1863, and the conclusions which he set forth were arrived at by a careful examination of types in the early books, each class of type being traced from its first use to the time when, spoilt by wear, it passed out of Caxtons hands.

    Some 450 volumes from the Caxton Press were thus carefully compared and classified in chronological order.In 1877 Blades took an active part in organizing the Caxton celebration, and strongly supported the foundation of the Library Association. About The biography and typography of William Caxton, Englands first printer He was a keen collector of old books, prints and medals. His publications relate chiefly to the early history of printing, the Enemies of Books, his most popular work, being produced in 1880.On his death at Sutton in Surrey on 27 April 1890, his library was acquired by the St Bride Foundation as the initial collection of the library.

    The architect of the St Brides Foundation building created a room to house the collection that was a replica of Blades original library.- Wikipedia, quoting http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/1911_En…