William Ged

(1685—1749) goldsmith and stereotype founder

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Ged, a highly skilled goldsmith, learned in 1725 that a lack of typefounders in Scotland had led to a shortage of type. Unaware of the earlier work of Johann Müller on the Continent, Ged developed in Edinburgh and London the process of stereotyping, which entailed producing a plate for a whole page from movable types. His innovation encountered strong resistance from typefounders and compositors.

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