Miller & Richard printing form
Accession Number: SH.2010.24
Metal Miller & Richard form. The form contains a metal Miller & Richard rectangular chase. This chase is fixed in place by two quoins. It contains four rows of type set in linotype slugs and has wooden leading furniture to space out the lines of type.
Miller & Richard were a world famous Edinburgh type foundry. The
firm supplied type to print firms all over the globe. The company was
established by William Miller, who had trained at Alexander Wilson’s
foundry in Glasgow. In 1809 he began operations out of Reikies Court,
just off Nicolson Street. It expanded to take in the surrounding
buildings including a chapel, a school, a lying-in hospital and
finally a street was roofed over to make a woodworking shop.
By 1825 the company was type founders for His Majesty of Scotland and when he was joined by his son-in-law Walter Richard in 1838 the firm became Miller & Richard.
Miller & Richard founded a strong reputation of typographic innovation. They were responsible for founts such as the Miller & Richard Oldstyle and its boldface, now known as Old Style or Century Oldstyle; and Antique Old Style, or Bookman.
The foundry closed in 1952, when the designs passed to the English company Stephenson Blake.
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