HARPER ESTABLISHMENT

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How Books Are Made

Author: Jacob Abbott

New Introduction: Joel Myerson and Chris Nesmith

Publisher/Date: Oak Knoll Press (2001) First Thus Edition, reprinted with new material added. Originally published in 1855.

ISBN: 1584560584

Format/Condition: New small hardcover is in Fine condition. Marbled endpapers, 161+ pages, notes, illustrated.

Description: Excerpted from the New Introduction:
Jacob Abbott’s The Harper Establishment; or, How the Story Books Are Made , is generally considered the finest introductory work available to the printing and publishing practices in America at the middle of the 19th century. Such works as Thomas MacKellar’s The American Printer: A Manual of Typography {which went through 18 printings between 1866 and 1893) were aimed at reaching practitioners of the printing trade by means of a technical manual, but Abbott wanted to reach a different audience: young people. Although The Harper Establishment appeared in the series of Harper’s Story Books which Abbott conceived and worte, no less a bookman than Jacob Blanck, editor of the Bibliography of American Literature , has written that “there is no better brief account of how books were produced in mid-nineteenth-century United States” than Abbott’s. Because the first edition is now a very expensive and hard-to-find book, and because Blanck’s own 1956 reprinting has become scarce and priey, we are pleased to reproduce Abbott’s book in an inexpensive edition for a new generation, one for whom the history of the book is an exciting field of study.

 

Table of Contents:
CHAPTER
I. GENERAL STRUCTURE OF THE EDIFICE ... 13
II. THE FIRE-PROOF FLOORS ... 25
III. MANUFACTURE OF THE IRON BEAMS ... 32
IV. INTERIOR OF THE CLIFF STREET BUILDING ... 41
V. THE COURT-YARD ... 50
VI. COMPOSITION ... 54
VII. PROOFS AND CORRECTING ... 69
VIII. TYPE-FOUNDING ... 74
IX. MOULDS FOR TYPE-FOUNDING ... 85
X. ELECTROTYPING ... 96
XI. ENGRAVINGS ... 103
XII. THE PRESS ... 115
XIII. DRYING AND PRESSING THE SHEETS ... 123
XIV. FORWARDING ... 130
XV. MARBLING ... 135
XVI. FINISHING ... 145
XVII. THE DISTRIBUTION ... 156

ENGRAVINGS
Franklin Square Front ... Frontispiece
The Counting-Room ... 16
The Plan ... 21
View of Cliff Street Front ... 24
Mechanism of the Floors ... 28
Sectional View of the Cliff Street Building ... 42
Interior of the Court-Yard ... 51
Type of a Letter ... 54
Types Set Up ... 55
Composing-Stick ... 56
The Case ... 56
Franklin ... 63
Forms ... 66
The Roller ... 68
The Balls ... 68
Casting ... 77
The Jet ... 79
The Dresser ... 83
The Matrice ... 86
The Punches ... 87
Specimen of Script Type ... 93
Specimens of Borders and Fancy Types ... 94
Blocking the Plate ... 97
The Vaults ... 101
Copper-Plate Printing ... 105
The Design ... 109
The Studio ... 112
The Hand-Press ... 116

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