2749RE: [PPLetterpress] Re: Summer reading....
- Jul 8, 2004I should add to my previous posting that the Romans occasionally inserted
bronze letters into their carved monumental inscriptions. These were
presumably cast although they may have been trimmed to fit the hollows in
the stone. This raises fascinating questions, such as whether the bronze
casters dictated the design of the letters using standardized moulds or
exactly how the letters and incisions were made to match. Whereas most
inscriptional lettering has a V shape, the stonecutting where bronze letters
were to be attached has a flat bottom. Thus the stone cut letters were
altered to accommodate the bronze inserts. Intriguing that the Romans had
learned to cast metal letters but never thought of printing from them.
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