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1. Mr. Moore seemed not to be aware of the fact that an "automatic type caster"will cast type from any form of matrix regardless of the design of the type.

2. For more complete descriptions and the history of the best-known block books, the reader should see De Vinne's The Invention of Printing , Cundall's Wood Engraving , Pollard's Fine Books , Sotheby's Principia Typographica , etc.

3. Since Gutenberg spent about ten years, from 1440 to 1450, in Strassburg, it seems reasonable to assume that he was busy there with the details of the development of his idea for movable types. The first fruits of the new art appeared too soon after 1450 to permit of the idea that his work originated in Mainz, although printing itself first appeared there. It is owing to this assumption that almost all the civilized world is paying tribute to Gutenburg and celebrating the 500th anniversary of his invention in this present year of 1940.

4. Although the early types were based on the best manuscript hands of their time, it is significant that hand lettering as an art reached its greatest point of perfection after the invention of printing.

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