Origin of black letter
Examples from the Web for black letter
Not only in black-letter quartos was he interested, but also in the garden.Great Ralegh|Hugh De Selincourt
The early chapbooks were the direct descendants of the black-letter tracts of Wynkyn de Worde.
Tyrwhitt substitutes to overlive, from the black-letter editions.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
Of this work I have now before me four different editions in black-letter quarto.Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, Volume II (of 3)|Thomas Percy
As far back as June 11, 1891, Mr. Morris spoke of printing a Chaucer with a black-letter fount, which he hoped to design.William Morris|Elizabeth Luther Cary
British Dictionary definitions for black letter
Word Origin and History for black letter
early 17c., from black (adj.); so called to distinguish heavy, old-style printers' types from the ones coming into use then, which are the dominant modern forms, though a style of black letter was preserved in German into 20c.