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The History and Art of Printing
In Two Parts


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

  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108073394

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  • Philip Luckombe (1730–1803), printer, author and shell-collector, published this work in 1771. (He had published a shorter version, A Concise History of the Origin and Progress of Printing, anonymously in the previous year.) Born in Exeter, he learned the printing trade there, and became a freeman of the city in 1776, but moved to London, where he wrote travelogues and several books on printing, edited dictionaries and encyclopaedias, and became an authority on shells. The first part of the book is concerned with the history of printing, including the various charters issued to the Stationers' Company, and the second with the practicalities of 'the art and mystery of printing' and 'the necessary materials used in a Printing House', including typefaces, presses and paper, and the duties of a warehouseman. This technical information continued to be used and quoted until the middle of the twentieth century.

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    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108073394
    • length: 528 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    To the public
    A concise history of printing
    Introduction of the art into England
    Progress abroad
    By whom practised in London
    Where practised in the country
    A specimen of printing types, by William Caxton
    The Stationers' charters, etc.
    Of printing materials
    The printing press
    Compositors business
    A table shewing the first folio of a sheet of folio, for nine alphabets
    A collection of English words, which agree in sound, yet differ in sense
    Business requisite in the warehouse
    Technical terms used in printing

  • Author

    Philip Luckombe

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