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The History and Art of Printing By Philip Luckombe

The History and Art of Printing by Philip Luckombe

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Philip Luckombe (1730-1803), printer, author and shell-collector, published this work in 1771. The first part is concerned with the history of printing, and the second with the practicalities of 'the art and mystery of printing': technical information still of use in the middle of the twentieth century.

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The History and Art of Printing: In Two Parts by Philip Luckombe

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.

Table of Contents

To the public; Preface; 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; Characters; A collection of English words, which agree in sound, yet differ in sense; Business requisite in the warehouse; Technical terms used in printing; Contents.

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NLS9781108073394
9781108073394
1108073395
The History and Art of Printing: In Two Parts by Philip Luckombe
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2014-11-06
528
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