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Caslon, William

Born: 1692 AD
Died: 1766 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Typographers

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.