Laurence Coster or Laurent Janszoon Koster

. A native of Haerlem, who died about 1440. The Dutch affirm that he invented block-printing in 1430, of which, they say, he caught the idea by cutting letters upon the bark of a tree, and then impressing the same upon paper. This, however, is now generally treated as a fable, and given up by all who have considered the subject.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 26.

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John Baskerille

Charles Stephens

Henry Stephens

Robert Stephens

Francis Stephens


The Stationers’ Company

Benjamin Franklin

The paper duty

The first book printed in Europe

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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