BEFORE PHOTOCOPYING, THE ART AND HISTORY OF MECHANICAL COPYING 1780-1938.

  • New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 1999.
  • tall 8vo.
  • cloth, dust jacket.
  • 498 pages.
  • ISBN 1884718612 / Order Nr. 54108
  • Price: $400.00  other currencies
BEFORE PHOTOCOPYING, THE ART AND HISTORY OF MECHANICAL COPYING 1780-1938.

First edition. Well-written and fully documented with more than 1,000 rare illustrations, the authors cover the art and history of mechanical copying from the dawn of the industrial revolution to the remarkable founding of the Xerox Corporation. This work reveals the importance of the humble copy press from its origins in England in 1770 to its demise in the 1930s. In Part One, noted historian Barbara Rhodes reveals the social impact of the copy press in the office, and the traditions, materials, and methods used. In Part Two, William Streeter, one of the foremost collectors and authorities on the subject, takes the reader into early development and manufacture of mechanical copying equipment. This work is an important addition to the libraries of copybook and equipment collectors, conservators, and historians of British and American business history.