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FEATURE BOB RICHARDSON (9718)
























       A TYPE OF WAR







         A FOUNDER’S VENTURE INTO THE BATTLEFIELD



            incent Figgins was born in 1766
            and established the type-founding
       Vbusiness which bore his name until
       the early 20th century. A native of Peck-
       ham, south London, he was apprenticed
       to Joseph Jackson, an established type-
       founder, at the age of 16. Young Figgins did
       very well in the trade and proved himself a
       particularly able apprentice. There was an
       assumption on his part that he would take
       over the business when his employer died,
       but when this happened in 1792, young Fig-
       gins did not have the necessary finance in
       place to purchase the assets and goodwill
       and the firm was taken over by a rival, Wil-
       liam Caslon III. Undaunted, Figgins set up
       his own business in Swan Yard, Holborn
       Bridge, and was fortunate to receive an
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