The British Library Guide to Printing: History and Techniques / Edition 1

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Overview

Printing is generally held to be one of the most important inventions of all time and to have helped change the course of history. It can be described as a means of giving form to and multiplying graphic signs and messages, and its extraordinary social, artistic and intellectual impact derives from its technical appropriateness and adaptability.

In this authoritative introduction, Michael Twyman focuses on printing methods and techniques, from the invention of printing in the Far East and in Europe to today's digital revolution, and how they have played a part in shaping their end product.

With over 60 colour and black-and-white illustrations, The British Library Guide to Printing: History and Techniques is one of a series of titles providing accessible and lively introductions to the practical aspects of the history of books and how they are made.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802081797
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: British Library Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Twyman is a Professor in the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, University of Reading.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Introduction 7
What is printing? 8
Origination 8
Multiplication 12
Words and pictures 15
Printed artefacts 17
Hand production 18
The invention in the Far East 18
The invention in Europe 21
Early printing 25
The monochrome book 30
The growth of illustration 35
Printing presses 38
Matching process to job 42
Innovation and proliferation 46
New opportunities 46
Lithography: an entirely new process 47
Wood-engraving: pictures for mass markets 50
The search for verisimilitude 55
Colour printing becomes a necessity 59
New types for advertising 66
Speeding up production 69
From analogue to digital 76
Letterpress gives way to lithography 76
Photocomposition 79
The digital revolution 81
Further reading 83
Index 86
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