Nineteenth-Century Printing Practices and the Iron Handpress Volumes One and Two
Author: Richard-Gabriel Rummonds
Publisher/Date: Oak Knoll Press and the British Library 2004
Format/Condition: Two new very large and heavy paperback books are in Fine condition. Total of 1051+ pages, including bibliography, glossary, index. Approx. 480 black-and-white illustrations.
Description: The two volume Nineteenth-Century Printing Practices and the Iron Handpress is encyclopedic in its examination of printing techniques from the late-seventeenth century through the nineteenth century. Using selected readings from printers' manuals - beginning with Joseph Moxon's "Mechanick Exercises," 1683, and culminating with John Southward's "Practical Printing," 1900, Richard-Gabriel Rummonds has distilled over two hundred years of printers' wisdom into this very readable and important work on iron handpresses and how they were used in the nineteenth century.
This remarkable work represents over twenty years of research and scholarship by one of the most celebrated fine-press printers of the twentieth century. With almost five hundred rare and scarce wood cuts, engravings and photographs, and the most comprehensive annotated bibliography on the subject ever printed, this monumental, two-volume work stands alone in the annals of printing history. Nineteenth-Century Printing Practices and the Iron Handpress is a worthy companion to Rummonds' 1998 classic, Printing on the Iron Handpress.
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