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The Printer's Manual: An Illustrated History

The Printer's Manual: An Illustrated History
The Printer's Manual: An Illustrated History
The Printer's Manual: An Illustrated History
The Printer's Manual: An Illustrated History
The Printer's Manual: An Illustrated History
Classic and Unusual Texts on Printing from the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries

As printing from movable type was perfected in the fifteenth century, the mysteries of its practice were guarded by a privileged few. The rapid spread of the new art depended on the development of a reliable mechanism for transferring knowledge, and printers naturally adapted the established practices of the medieval craft guilds. In this way, the art of printing was preserved and sustained, often carefully veiled from outsiders, and always the product of years of close study and practice.


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As printing from movable type was perfected in the fifteenth century, the mysteries of its practice were guarded by a privileged few. The rapid spread of the new art depended on the development of a reliable mechanism for transferring knowledge, and printers naturally adapted the established practices of the medieval craft guilds. In this way, the art of printing was preserved and sustained, often carefully veiled from outsiders, and always the product of years of close study and practice. By the end of the seventeenth century, however, the pioneers of manufacturing technology and scientific inquiry were prying away at the rotting doors of medieval trade secrecy. The Printer’s Manual – An Illustrated History is based on an exhibition of the same name, displayed at the Melbert B. Cary Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, and shows the history of printing manuals from 1683 to the end of the nineteenth century, including some of the rarest in existence.

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Publisher: RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press (01/2005)
ISBN-10: 0-9759651-0-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-9759651-0-8
Pages: 80
Illustrations: 34 Full color
Shipping Weight: 0.4lb

Table of Contents

Introduction, ix
Mechanick Exercises, Joseph Moxon, 1683, 2
Mechanick Exercises, A Literal Reprint, Joseph Moxon, 1896, 4
The History of the Art of Printing, James Watson, 1713, 6
Die Wol-eingerichtete Büchdrückerey, J. H. G. Ernesti, 1721, 8
La Science pratique, Martin Dominique Fertel, 1723, 10
Die so nöthig als nützliche Buchdruckerkunst und Schriftgiesserey,
Christian Friedrich Gessner, 1740, 12
Manuel typographique, utile aux gens de lettres,
Pierre Simon Fournier, le jeune, 1764–66, 14
The History and Art of Printing, Philip Luckombe, 1771, 16
The Printer’s Grammar, John Smith, 1787, 18
The Printer’s Grammar, Caleb Stower, 1808, 20
The Printer’s Manual, Caleb Stower, 1817, 22
The Printers’ Guide, C. S. Van Winkle, 1818, 24
Practical Hints on Decorative Printing, William Savage, 1822, 26
Typographia, or the Printers’ Instructor, John Johnson, 1824, 28
Typographia, Thomas C. Hansard, 1825, 30
The Printer, 1833, 32
The Penny Magazine, 1833, 34
Typographia, Thomas F. Adams, 1837, 36
The Printers’ Manual, Charles Henry Timperley, 1838, 38
A Dictionary of the Art of Printing, William Savage, 1841, 40
British Manufactures, Series VI, George Dodd, 1846, 42
The History of Printing, 1855, 44
The Harper Establishment, Jacob Abbott, 1855, 46
The Printer’s Manual, Thomas Lynch, 1866, 48
Manufacturers of Type Revolving and Single and Double
Cylinder Printing Machines, R. Hoe & Company, 1867, 50
The American Printer, Thomas MacKellar, 1866–1893, 52
Harpel’s Typograph, Oscar H. Harpel, 1870, 54
The Letter-Press Printer, Joseph Gould, 1876, 56
Composing Room Lectures and Printing Office Characters, 1881, 58
The Progressive Printer, Samuel Whybrew, 1882, 60
The Practical Printer, H. G. Bishop, 1889, 62
The Color Printer, John F. Earhart, 1892, 64
Fine Printing, George Joiner, 1895, 66
The Practice of Typography, Theodore Low De Vinne, 1900–1904, 68

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