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ILAB Library - All You Need To Know About Rare Books and the Antiquarian Book Trade
Published since 23 Dec 2009
From our survey of fifteenth century types it would appear that every country had its formal pointed black-letter; every country, save England, its classical roman type; and every country - except, perhaps, Spain - its cursive vernacular black-letter type, copied from the handwriting of the locality and time. Before 1500 Italy had no vernacular type simply because the current handwriting of Italy (which was not of the black-letter school) was only translated into type-forms at the beginning of the sixteenth century.
Published since 18 Dec 2009
Online: Aldines - Schück, Aldus Manutius and the printers of his time