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Comprising Explanations of the Process of Printing

Preparation and Calculation of Manuscripts

Choice of Paper, Type, Binding, Illustrations, Publishing, Advertising, &C.

With an Exemplification and Description of the Typographical Marks Used in the Correction of the Press

London Saunders and Otley, Conduit Street 1839.

W. Blatch, Printer, Grove Place, Brompton.

The object of this little Work is to afford such a view of the Technical details of Printing and Publishing as shall enable Authors to form their own judgment on all subjects connected with the Publication of their Productions.

The want of such a little Manual has been repeatedly suggested to the Publishers by the frequent enquiries of Authors, and they trust that the information here given will prove satisfactory.

CONDUIT STREET, March 1, 1839.



Process of Printing, 1 Origin and Progress of Printing, 12 Stereotype Printing, 21 Copper Plate Printing, 25 Engraving on Wood, 25 Preparation and Calculation of Manuscript, 26 Choice of Paper, 30 Paper Making, 30 Choice of Type, 32 Correcting the Press, 39 Typographical Marks, 40 Illustrative Engravings, 50 Choice of Binding, 51 Publishing and Advertising, 53


As it is very desirable that Authors, and those who may have to give directions to the Printer, should be acquainted with the manner in which Printing is performed, it may be proper, in commencing this little work, to give in the first place a brief outline of


The Printing Office is divided into two branches; the one entitled the Composing , the other the Press department.

The Composing room is furnished with a number of what are called Cases ,[2 ] properly fitted up, which are placed before the Compositor. The Compositor then places the Manuscript[2 ] before him, and taking a small iron frame, or measure, adapted to the purpose, fixes it by a screw to the width which the Page he is to set up is intended to be, and commences the putting it into Type, in the following manner. Supposing the first words of the Manuscript to be "The City of London," he first selects the Capital Letter T, then the Lower Case letter h, and then e, each from their respective compartments; after this he takes what is called a Space,[2 ] which is used to separate the words from each other; and thus proceeds until he comes to a Stop, which he selects in like manner, and places next to the last letter of the last word. When the frame he holds is filled, he removes the Type thus set into a larger, first to form Pages, and afterwards, when assembled together, to form Sheets.

The number of Pages in each Sheet is determined by the size in which the work is to be printed: if in Folio, four pages; if in Quarto, eight pages; if in Octavo, sixteen; if in Duodecimo, twenty four, &c.

When a sufficient number of Pages have been set to form a Sheet, they are what is called Imposed ,[3 ] and the Forme is removed to the Press room, where the first impression, technically called the first Proof, is taken off... Continue reading book >>

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