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Black letter   /blæk lˈɛtər/   Listen
Black letter

A heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries.  Synonym: Gothic.

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"Black letter" Quotes from Famous Books

... Crosby Hall, there were exhibited by the churchwardens of St. Benet's, Gracechurch Street, Erasmus' Commentary on the Gospels in English, with the chains annexed, by which they were fastened in the church. There are two volumes, in good preservation, and black letter. ...
— Notes and Queries, Number 216, December 17, 1853 • Various

... Sir David Lyndesay's poem on the Cardinall's death; and then "The Accusation" of Wishart, which Foxe incorporates in his Martyrology, from whence Knox's copy is taken, as well as the abridged copy inserted in Pitscottie's Chronicle. The volume extends to signature F vi. in eights, black letter, without date, "Imprinted at London, by John Day and William Seres." Lyndesay's poem, under the title of "The Tragedy," &c., is included in all the subsequent editions of his poems. See it ...
— The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6) • John Knox

... brought immense prices. It was also distilled to a volatile salts for fainting ladies, the same way that the horns of the male deer are manufactured into hartshorn. Originally it was in itself accounted an object of great curiosity. Black Letter tells me that Sir Martin Frobisher on his return from that voyage, when Queen Bess did gallantly wave her jewelled hand to him from a window of Greenwich Palace, as his bold ship sailed down the Thames; "when Sir Martin ...
— Moby Dick; or The Whale • Herman Melville

Words linked to "Black letter" :   typeface, face, font, case, gothic, fount

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