Joseph Jackson, English typefounder

Joseph Jackson, English typefounder

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Caption: Joseph Jackson (1733-1792), English typefounder. Jackson was apprenticed to William Caslon in 1748. During the Seven Years' War he served as a ship's armourer. After the war, he established his own printing foundry in London. During his career, he produced Hebrew, Persian, and Bengali types, as well as various editions of Greek biblical manuscripts. Works he produced type for included the 1783 edition of 'The Domesday Book' printed by John Nichols (1745-1826). Nichols wrote a memoir of Jackson's life. Jackson was buried in Spa Fields Chapel, Clerkenwell. Artwork from 'Literary Anecdotes' (John Nichols, 1812).

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