smith in Fe'
er of the type
took as his
model NicholasJenson's Romanlet'
ter used in Venice in the 15th Cen'
tury, and which unites in the fullest
degree the necessary qualities of pur>
ityof line and legibility. Jenson gives
character: from his death onwards
typography declined till it reached its
lowest depth in the ugliness of Bo'
doni. Since then the English typo'
graphers followingmoreor less in the
footsteps of Caslon, have recovered
much of the lost ground; but as their
work is almost always adapted for
machine printing it has a tendency
to exaggeration of lightness and thin'
ness, which may well be corrected,
in work printed by the hand'press.
Fig. 5/ The Golden Typeof William Morris from T. L. de Vinne,
Plain Printing TypesNew York, i8gi
ENGLISH OLD-STYLE REVIVAL 1890