When texts want to break free

One of the achievements of electronic media has been the recovery of what may be called the live text. If Gutenberg’s printing press was the museum in which letters came to repose in fossilizing slumber, then the computer woke them all up and brought them back to a special kind of life. The printing press,Continue reading “When texts want to break free”

The covering letter of a 17th-century font maker

As I was going through an interesting collection of manuscripts, I discovered a curious text handwritten on a piece of paper. The writing may be dated to the 17th century, but it’s not clear who wrote it or why. It is about the job of a font or type maker. That’s the person who designsContinue reading “The covering letter of a 17th-century font maker”