From the time of the invention of printing in Europe up to the beginning of the nineteenth century display types as we know them, that is, types designed specifically for use in jobbing or ephemeral printing did not exist: there was no call for them. Up to that time to be a printer meant to be a printer of books and even in books it was not until some time after 15001 that the page which of all others in a book affords the best opportunity for the use of display types began to be used and accepted as part of a normal format. In the sense in which we are familiar with them, tide-pages in manuscript books were unknown, & in printing, the information later given on the tide-page was, up to the early sixteenth century, usually to be found in the colophon.
When title-pages were first used they were frequently set in the size of type used for the text of the book. Occasionally a larger type was used or the words were cut on a wood block. But such simple arrangements were soon to be superseded by title-pages set in larger types, often in capitals. Black-letter was mixed with roman on these pages and lines in italic were frequently used. By about 1530 large sizes of lower-case began to be employed but in the following century printers reverted to the use of large, heavy capitals. They also crowded these pages, including for instance notes on the contents, the qualifications____________________