Brill -- the typeface

charles ellertson's picture

I know Brill is the name of publishing house. What I didn't know-- though I suppose most of you did -- was it was also the name of William's lead ship when he invaded England.

From Wikipedia:

With a Dutch army, William landed at Brixham in southwest England on 5 November 1688. He came ashore from the ship Brill, proclaiming "the liberties of England and the Protestant religion I will maintain".

John Hudson's picture

No connection. The publishing company is named after its 19th Century owner, Evert Jan Brill. The firm was previously owned by the Luchtmans family, and under that name dates back to the 17th Century.

charles ellertson's picture

John, No, no real connection. I suppose the ship name referred to the city, or perhaps the battle fought there.

Still, a curious coincidence.

timd's picture

Now I would like to know when the Dutch started to use “losing his bottle”, does it have the same connotation as the English?


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