Type matrices, ca. 1740
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Probably made by Claude Mozet, around 1740, the matrices were purchased by Franklin and used to cast lead type for the press he ran at Passy. When he returned to the United States, Franklin gave them to his grandson, Benjamin Franklin Bache, for the press he was establishing in Philadelphia.

See the excellent discussion of the Passy press by Ellen Cohn, Editor of the Franklin Papers, in Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World.

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