Worde, Wynkyn de


Worde, Wynkyn de
orig. Jan van Wynkyn

born , Alsace
died 1534/35

Alsatian-born British printer.

He was employed at William Caxton's press from its founding in 1476 until Caxton's death, when he took over the concern. Unlike Caxton and many other contemporary printers, he did not edit or translate. An astute businessman, he published at least 600 titles after 1501, and he was the first printer in England to use italic type (1524).

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▪ English printer
original name  Jan Van Wynkyn  
died 1534/35

      Alsatian-born printer in London, an astute businessman who published a large number of books (at least 600 titles from 1501). He was also the first printer in England to use italic type (1524).

      He was employed at William Caxton's (Caxton, William) press, Westminster (the first printing enterprise in England), from its foundation in 1476 until Caxton's death in 1491, when he assumed control of the business. In 1500/01 he moved his press from Westminster to Fleet Street, London. Whereas Caxton and numerous continental European contemporaries were also editors and translators, Wynkyn was purely a commercial printer.

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