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The History of Oxford University Press: Volume IBeginnings to 1780$
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Ian Gadd

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557318.001.0001

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The Printed Page

(p.510) Chapter 17 The Printed Page
The History of Oxford University Press: Volume I

Paul Luna

Martyn Ould

Oxford University Press

The chapter considers the visual character of the Press's books: their typography and layout; the use of illustration, especially in engraving; and the development of an ‘Oxford page’. The various types used for printing Latin, English, Greek, and other languages are catalogued and their origins traced. The chapter discusses different methods of illustration and makes a case study of the Oxford Almanack — describing its publication, distribution, and particularly its engravings. The chapter also addresses the complex requirements of combining text and illustration in mathematical and anatomical texts and in typesetting pages with multiple languages, such as dictionaries and commentaries on scriptural or classical texts. In general, margins grew more generous, chapter titles and sub-headings merited more space and title page typography was streamlined; changes to the Oxford printed page from the late sixteenth through the late eighteenth century exemplify larger developments in English and European typography.

Keywords:   typography, Joseph Barnes, layout, black letter, William Caslon, Imprimerie Royale, engraving, type faces, Michael Burghers

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