What is "sanspareil"?

Nymus's picture

What is the meaning of the word "sanspareil" in the expressions "the sanspareil matrix cutting method" and "sanspareil 8-lines Pica"? I found them while reading the book 'Stephenson Blake, The last of the Old English Typefounders.'


labyrinthos's picture

You will find it at the follwing link:


dictionaryoftypo00sout.pdf page 62.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Also of interest: in French, "sans pareil" means "unique" or "without equal" or "unparalleled"... hence it is a good term for naming a process that is considered superior to others.

Nymus's picture

Thanks Ricardo.

aluminum's picture

That's a rather lousy definition. I know that a) it's peculiar and b) not sand casting.

Still curious as to what it is, though.

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