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Caslon, William

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Born: 1692 AD
Died: 1766 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Typographers

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1692 - Born in Cradley, Worcestershire, England. English typefounder.

1716 - Caslon began his career as an apprentice to an engraver of gunlocks and barrels.

         - Started business in London as an engraver of gun locks and barrels, and as a bookbinder's tool-cutter.

1720-1726 - He designed the typeface that bears his name. His work helped to modernize the book, making it a separate creation rather than a printed imitation of the old hand-produced book.

1740 - His typefaces were used for most important printed works. One such example is the first printed version of the United States Declaration of Independence.

1766 - Died on January 23rd in Bethnal Green, London.

         - His business was carried on by his eldest son, William.

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