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People/Characters: Wynkyn de Worde

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The Alphabet Abecedarium: Some Notes on Letters by Richard A. Firmage
The biography and typography of William Caxton, England's first printer by William Blades
A Biography of William Caxton: The First English Editor, Printer, Merchant, and Translator by Richard Deacon
The Book: The Story of Printing and Bookmaking by Douglas C. McMurtrie
Early English Printing: A Series of Facsimiles of All the Types Used in England During the 15th Century (Burt Franklin Bibliography & Reference Series, 371) by E. Gordon Duff
English & Scottish printing types by Francis Swinton Isaac
FIFTEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH BOOKS, A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN ENGLAND AND OF BOOKS FOR THE ENGLISH M by E. Gordon Duff
An introduction to historical bibliography by Norman E. Binns
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield
Robin Hood: The Early Poems, 1465-1560, Texts, Contexts, and Ideology by Thomas H. Ohlgren
A short account of the life and work of Wynkyn de Worde : with a leaf from the Golden legend by Robert Grabhorn
Type : the secret history of letters by Simon Loxley
William Caxton and Early Printing in England by Lotte Hellinga
William Caxton: A biography by George D. Painter
William Caxton: A Portrait in a Background by Edmund Childs
Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England by Thomas Penn
Wynkyn de Worde & his contemporaries from the death of Caxton to 1535;: A chapter in English printing, by Henry Robert Plomer
Wynkyn De Worde: Father of Fleet Street by James Moran

Character description

Printer. Born in Lorraine but spent most of his life in England. By about 1480 he was working for William Caxton, England's first printer. When Caxton died (probably 1491), de Worde took over his business and most of his types. Unlike Caxton, he was not enough of a scholar to edit the works he published, but he could move them through the press rapidly. Although the works of his press are not attractive, and he was generally not an innovator (although he did much to promote the use of title pages), he was the first to print many important works. About a decade after succeeding Caxton, he moved his business to Fleet Street "at the sign of the sonne" [sun], where he continued in business until his death in 1534.

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