Five Hundred Years of Printing

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Five Hundred Years of Printing is essential reading for the book collector, the cultural historian, the professional publisher and book designer, and teachers and students of typography, graphic design and communications studies. It immediately became established as a standard work on its publication as a Pelican in 1955 and saw two new editions within twenty years. Five Hundred Years of Printing is now for the first time fully revised and republished in a larger format. With over a hundred superb illustrations ...
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New Castle / The British Library, London London Hardcover Revised Edition. 272 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. BOOKS ON BOOKS. With over a hundred superb ... illustrations chosen afresh from the incomparably rich collections of the British Library, this volume will interest anyone concerned with the history of the book in the West and the role of the printer as possibly the oldest agent of cultural change. Covers the history of printing from its invention by Gutenberg in about 1440, the design of books, changing styles and fashions in typeface design, the postwar changeover from metal type and letterpress printing to computers, phototypesetting and offset litho, writers, readers, publishers and printers, the private presses, from William Morris and his predecessors to today. (Key Words: Printing, S. H. Steinberg, John Trevitt, Books on Books, Book Collectors, Cultural History, Publishing, Book Design, Typography, Graphic Design, Gutenberg, Private Presses, William Morris, Communications, Bri Read more Show Less

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Five Hundred Years of Printing is essential reading for the book collector, the cultural historian, the professional publisher and book designer, and teachers and students of typography, graphic design and communications studies. It immediately became established as a standard work on its publication as a Pelican in 1955 and saw two new editions within twenty years. Five Hundred Years of Printing is now for the first time fully revised and republished in a larger format. With over a hundred superb illustrations chosen afresh from the incomparably rich collections of the British Library, it will interest anyone concerned with the history of the book in the West and the role of the printer as possibly the oldest agent of cultural change. Five Hundred Years of Printing covers the history of printing from its invention by Gutenberg in about 1440; the design of books; changing styles and fashions in typeface design; the postwar changeover from metal type and letterpress printing to computers, phototypesetting and offset litho; writers, readers, publishers and printers; and the private presses, from William Morris and his predecessors to today.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781884718199
  • Publisher: Oak Knoll Press DE
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 1710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Reviser's preface
Introduction 1
I The First Century of Printing, 1450-1550
1 The incunabula period 3
2 Gutenberg 4
3 Type design 9
4 The spread of printing 17
5 Printing in the vernacular 54
6 Printer and publisher 59
7 Early bestsellers 62
8 The title-page 65
9 Book illustration 70
II The Era of Consolidation, 1550-1800
1 Type design 74
2 Book production 84
3 Publishers and patrons 106
4 Official and private presses 114
5 The reading public 119
6 The periodical press 121
7 Libraries 126
8 Censorship 130
III The Nineteenth Century, 1800-1900
1 Technical progress 137
2 The trade 146
3 Official and private presses 152
4 The reading public 160
5 Popular series 166
IV 1900-1955
1 Linotype and Monotype 170
2 The Latin alphabet in script and print 172
3 The private presses 175
4 Book printing before the Second World War 188
5 Censorship and other difficulties in the trade 192
6 Bestsellers and steady sellers 200
7 Popular series 212
V The Postwar World
1 Composition and typesetting 218
2 Printing 230
3 Paper 235
4 Binding 236
5 Design 239
6 Printers and publishers 241
7 Modern fine printing 248
8 CD-ROM and the Internet 249
Conclusion 250
Select bibliography 251
Index 255
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