- At 12:28 PM -0700 2003-10-22, Michael Barnes wrote:
>Dear Gerald,Indeed ;-)
>Don't you think Moxon was a bit like George Plimpton?
>One hundred year old books are always easy to get hold of. So shouldn't
>a 16th century printer have had an easy time holding and studying 15th
>century books, and likewise on up the centuries? Aren't the 16th
>century French types based on 15th century Venetians? And
>printer/publishers like the Plantins certainly had a long historical
>I suspect laziness on the part of practitioners is the reason for the
>deterioration of printing through the centuries.
And a desire for commercial success based on attracting the attention of buyers with "NEW" "IMPROVED" (even though it's not!)
The very same thing happens again in the last ten years of type design...
Fortunately, there are plenty of examples both old and new available for those who eschew the flashy trends of a decade in favor of clear communication across centuries.
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