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.