Wynkin De Worde, a printer, born in Lorraine about the middle of the 15th century, died in London about 1534. He accompanied Caxton to England, and was his assistant till his death about 1491, when he succeeded to his business. He made great improvements in the art, introducing Roman letters, and cutting many new fonts of all sizes and of greatly improved appearance. He also supplied type to other printers, who soon became numerous. He introduced into his " Instructions for Pilgrims to the Holy Land" (London, 1523) Greek type, of which he was the first in England to make use, and also some x\rabic and Hebrew words, which were cut on wood blocks. Some of his punches are said to be still in existence. Between 1491 and 1534 he published 408 distinct works, most of them remarkable at that period for neatness and elegance, and many illustrated by wood engravings, said by Jackson (" History of Wood Engraving") to have been executed in England.

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