Grafton, Richard

Grafton, Richard,

d. c.1572, London publisher and printer. In 1539 with Edward Whitchurch he printed the Great Bible in black letter (see typetype,
for printing, was invented in China (c.1040), using woodblocks. Related devices, such as seals and stamps for making impressions in clay, had been used in ancient times in Babylon and elsewhere.
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). He printed the first edition of the Book of Common Prayer also in black letter. Grafton was printer to King Edward VI, and a protégé of Thomas Cromwell. He earned a minor place among English chroniclers.
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