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Letterpress: The Allure of the Handmade [Hardcover]

David Jury


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27 Aug 2004

Newly revised and updated with luscious and inspiring images of contemporary work, this book allows today’s graphic designer to rediscover the creative potential of letterpress. Thanks to its physical presence on the page, letterpress has a unique and visual impact, and offers a powerful means of expressing ideas through a more intelligent use of type.

Despite the dominance of computer typesetting and printing in trade publishing, private letterpress publishers are on the increase. This timely book celebrates the diversity of the original work being produced by graphic designers and typographers using letterpress around the world. It examines US and European private presses, top international graphic designers working with letterpress, the use of letterpress as a commercial medium in developing countries, and new developments in technology. A celebration of the handmade design aesthetic currently enjoying a period of revival, Letterpress is an indispensable reference for both professional and amateur creatives, and all letterpress enthusiasts.

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David Jury is editor of Typographic, and head of graphic design at Colchester Institute, UK. His previous publications include About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography and What is Typography? for Rotovision. He is also a fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff for printers & aficionados alike 16 Aug 2004
By Moe Hong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
not so much a technical manual but more an overview of contemporary use of letterpress, both as artform and a technique that works well in tandem with digital technology.. excellent photos & jury's writing is clear & concise. certainly worth the price.
4.0 out of 5 stars good summary of letterpress' history and discussion of its future 16 Aug 2011
By liberal sprinkles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
[ this is adapted from a longer review with photos at my blog liberal sprinkles ]

I have limited knowledge about letterpress so I found this book interesting. It is an updated edition of a book first published in 2004, which is timely as letterpress has made a comeback in recent years, and not just within the handmade community. Jury's book is a comprehensive take on the history of letterpress, which has been used commercially for over 500 years. He discusses the art and craft of this medium, digital technology and mass production versus handmade, design versus art versus craft. He says letterpress is "not innately superior" to digitally designed and mass-produced print and has to be flexible and stay relevant and functional, not just decorative to survive.

The book has some gorgeous examples of pages and materials printed by letterpress, wonderful for those interested in typography, print and design. Wouldn't it have been lovely, though, if it had a letterpressed cover?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Price? 22 Dec 2009
By Eugene U. Still - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I haven't read this book. My comment is on the first review--last line. "Worth the price"? It's 600 DOLLARS (+/-). I love books and know that collectibles can run into the $millions. Surely, this is a fine book, but just maybe a work-a-day letterpress printer can find a more economical guide!
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