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Christmas Quiz 2016 [Number 3]: the answer

23/12/2016

It’s that time of year again – time for the ‘famousAll About Lettering Quiz that comes without a Prize – just the quiet satisfaction that in correctly answering you, dear reader, know one hell of a lot about typography and the printing arts!

So, who is illustrated here and what is wrong with the image, according to one historian?

1 January: Thank you to all readers who took up the challenge. As most of you correctly identified this is a portrait of our man Gutenberg (or Guttemberg) and used as a frontispiece in Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises… It is believed to have come from an engraving made in 1584, though this shown is taken from a 17c painting that copied the 16c engraving. The painting was destroyed by fire in Strasbourg in 1870. What is wrong about it? Some authorities attest Gutenberg was beardless. [See Ruppel, A, 1947: Johannes Guteberg. Berlin.]

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 27/12/2016 2:22 am

    Gutenberg? The lettering in the thing he’s carved is the wrong way round (i.e. it should be backwards)…

    • 01/01/2017 2:04 pm

      Correct in part!

  2. 06/01/2017 8:28 pm

    Not to mention we don’t actually know what he looked like at all, as there are no near-contemporary images of him…
    Yes, well said

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