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Printer's type in the twentieth century: Manufacturing and design methods Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Mar 2005


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Richard Southall has been involved with type and typography since the early 1960s; in publishing, composing-machine manufacture and development, teaching, research and consultancy.

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The first recognizable description of making printer's type is in the Dialogues francois pour les ieunes enfans, a French reader and childrens' encyclopaedia published by Christopher Plantin in Antwerp in 1567. Read the first page
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A superb resource, history, and repository of vision for anyone with a keen interest in the type and typesetting fields 14 Aug. 2005
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Written by Richard Southall, who has engaged in publishing about type and typography since the 1960s, Printer's Type in the Twentieth Century: Manufacturing and Design Methods is a scholarly examination the past hundred years on the industry of type manufacture. In the last years of the nineteenth century, type manufacture transformed from an individualized craft to an industrial process, and complex mechanical systems to create text quickly arose into being. Yet a century later, with the advent of laser printers and image-setters, type manufacture became a craft process once again, this time with computer displays and software taking the place of physical metal parts with letters stamped into them. Printer's Type in the Twentieth Century covers the evolution of everything from hand punch-cutting through hot metal to laser image-setting and the PostScript revolution, with numerous typeface samples to illustrate its points. Not content merely to recite events of modern history, Printer's Type in the Twentieth Century also offers theoretical views on the evolution of type and typography, as well as scholarly narration. A superb resource, history, and repository of vision for anyone with a keen interest in the type and typesetting fields.
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