The celebrated brothers Foulis,
university printers, Glasgow (1743-76), who have been deservedly named
"the Elzevirs of Scotland," published an edition of Horace, 1744,
which they purposed should be a perfect specimen of typographical
accuracy; and every precaution was taken to secure the desired result.
Six experienced proof-readers were employed, who devoted hours to the
reading of each page; and after it was thought to be perfect, it was
posted up in the hall of the University with a notification that a
reward of fifty pounds would be paid to any person who would discover
Each page was allowed to remain
two weeks in the place where it had been posted, before that portion of
the work was printed; and the printers thought that they had attained
the object for which they had been striving; but unfortunately, when the
work was issued, it was discovered that there were at least as many
errors as the number of proof-readers who had been employed; one of
which errors was in the very first line of the first page!