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Typographia, or The Printers' Instructor
Including an Account of the Origin of Printing, with Biographical Notices of the Printers of England, from Caxton to the Close of the Sixteenth Century

Volume 2


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Printing, Publishing and Libraries

  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108047784

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  • John Johnson (1777–1848) worked for a private press at Lee Priory, Kent, which published limited editions of poetry, prose and pamphlets, but was not financially successful. Moving to London in 1824, Johnson produced this two-volume work on printing, which had become a popular topic in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The work was published in several formats, and contemporary reviewers noted Johnson's highly ornate typography and use of engravings more than the contents. Volume 2 is useful to modern students of printing, as it deals with the practical aspects of the print trade. It includes numerous specimens of type in different alphabets, and explanations of type casting and imposition. It also describes how to manage a print shop, as well as the different kinds of press, including recent inventions such as the Stanhope, Columbian and Albion, and ends with a brief account of steam presses and stereotype.

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108047784
    • length: 698 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 39 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • contains: 96 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Properties of types
    2. Different sizes of letters
    3. A fount of letter, as considered by letter-founders
    4. Rules
    5. Names of letter, and their bearings to each other
    6. Observations on composing
    7. Imposing
    8. Correctors and correcting
    9. Department of a reader
    10. Mathematical, algebraical, and geometrical characters
    11. Hebrew
    12. Alphabets of ancient languages
    13. Duty of an overseer
    14. The best means of expediting business
    15. On the construction of printing presses
    16. The business of a ware houseman
    17. Abstracts of the Acts relative to printers
    18. Compositors' and pressmen's scales of prices
    19. Of fine printing
    20. Alphabetical list of printers, etc.
    21. Technical terms
    22. Stereotype printing, steam and hand machines

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    John Johnson

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