Caxton's editions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

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Caxton's editions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Post by William » Wed Aug 22, 2007 7:57 am

Some readers might like to know of the following.

There are various pages linked from that page and from some other pages.

In particular the following page, which contains a link to a pdf document.

In regard to the first edition the type size seems to me to me approximately 18 point. I worked that out from the 271 mm height of the page as stated in the document and the number of lines of text on the page and the approximate number of lines that could fit into a space the size of the upper and lower margins.

There are 25.4 mm in 1 inch and one inch is 72 points in modern metal type nomenclature. I do not know at present what was the size of an inch in Caxton's time: it might just be that, whatever was the size of an inch at that time, the vertical size of Caxton's type was perhaps one quarter of an inch.

Already I have noticed the use of what appears to be a ch ligature.

William Overington

22 August 2007

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