William Martin

(1762—1815) typefounder

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Probably the Birmingham-born nephew (not brother) of Baskerville’s assistant, he could have learned typefounding and punchcutting from John Handy under Baskerville's widow until she sold her foundry (1778), continuing under his uncle Robert Martin and/or Myles Swinney. Martin moved to George Nicol's London house (1788), cutting romans and italics influenced by Baskerville, and by Didot and Bodoni, whom Nicol and Bulmer tried to rival from their first publications (1791). Martin also cut Greek and Arabic/Persian types.

From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.

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