William Ged

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William Ged (1699 – 19 October 1749) was a Scottish goldsmith who invented stereotyping.[1]

Ged was born in Edinburgh, where he carried on business as a goldsmith. In 1729 he endeavoured to push his new process of printing, on which he had been working since 1725, in London by joining in partnership with a capitalist, but, disappointed in his workmen and his partner, he returned despondent to Edinburgh. An edition of Sallust and two prayer-books (for the University of Cambridge) were stereotyped by him.


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.