Black letter

Otherwise Gothic, or Old English, q.v.

Black letter

The name given to the Old English or modern or Gothic character, which was introduced into England about the middle of the fourteenth century, and was the character generally used in manuscripts before the introduction of Printing. After the invention of that art, the Type-founders copied this style of letter in order to pass off printed books as manuscripts. Various alterations have been made in the shape of some of the letters in modern times.

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