Dictionary on the Art of Printing (1841)

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Andrew Steeves over at the Gaspereau Press Blog offers this peek into Gaspereau’s eclectic library of books about printing:

“One of the rarer volumes in our library is a copy of A Dictionary of the Art of Printing, written by William Savage and published at London in 1841 by Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. The printer was A. Spottiswoode, New-Street-Square. Arranged alphabetically, this book is a collection of practical facts and historical background on everything the nineteenth-century printer might wish to know. Covering topics ranging from the practical (casting-off, page imposition, mechanics, hyphenation rules) to the arcane (the Doomsday Book, Rose Engines) to the exotic (composition rules for Hebrew or Sanskrita), the book remains a valuable a tool for students of fine printing as well as the print historians.

If you can’t lay your hands on a copy, the contents of this book may be found on Google Book Search.”

As many of you will know, Andrew Steeves designs the North American issues of Parenthesis, and prints the journal at Gaspereau Press.

— Paul Razzell

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