Ottmar Mergenthaler The Man and His Machine
A Biographical Appreciation of the Inventor on His Centennial
Author: Basil Kahan
Introduction by Carl Schlesinger
Publisher/Date: Oak Knoll Press (c. 1999) First Edition.
Format/Condition: New hardcover book with dust jacket is in Fine condition. 244 pages, measures 7 1/4 x 10 inches.
Description: Ottmar Mergenthaler (1854-1899) was a German-born inventor who has been called a second Gutenberg because of his invention of the linotype machine, the first device that could easily and quickly set complete lines of type for use in printing presses. This machine revolutionized the art of printing.
After a wide ranging career, Kahan took early retirement to pursue his lifelong interest in the printing trade. He found many conflicting reports about the German immigrant to the US Mergenthaler (1845-99) and his invention of an automatic typesetting machine that later became the Linotype, and decided to set the record straight with a biographical appreciation. He particularly narrates the conflicts with the typographers' unions and with his financial backers.