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Further notes on Samaritan typography

Alan D. Crown


IN my recent study of Samaritan typefaces I was able to trace the history and development of some of the more important of these on the basis of the evidence then available to me. That study stimulated some interest among both historians of typography and librarians. Through the kindness of Brad Sabin Hill of the British Library, who has drawn my attention to specimens which I would not otherwise have seen, including examples from both the British Library and the Tychsen collection in the University Library at Rostock, and of Nigel Roach of the St Bride Printing Library, London, I have been able to refine some of the ideas about the history of the Samaritan typefaces which were developed in the original work and make corrections to opinions then offered. I have also been made aware that one of the allegedly lost English faces, the first Enghsh Samaritan types to be cut, found its way to Sheffield where it now remains.^ Additionally, it is now possible to draw attention to a number of other Samaritan typefaces of which I was not previously aware.

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