PRINTER'S TYPE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN METHODS. Richard Southall.

PRINTER'S TYPE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN METHODS.

  • New Castle and London: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2005.
  • 7 x 10 inches
  • Hardcover, dust jacket
  • 256 pages.
  • ISBN 9781584561552 / 1584561556 / Order Nr. 79701

Price: $65.00  other currencies

First edition. The last years of the nineteenth century saw the final stages in the transition of type manufacture from a craft to an industrial process, and the first appearance of complex mechanical systems for the composition of text. A hundred years later, text composition used only the simple mechanisms inside laser printers and image-setters, and type manufacture was well on the way to becoming a craft process once again; though now with computer displays and software replacing steel punches and copper matrices.

Printer's Type in the Twentieth Century traces the evolution of type manufacture and design from hand punch-cutting through hot-metal and photographic composition to laser image-setting and the PostScript revolution. The book takes a theoretical view of its topic, rather than a simple narrative approach. It is intended for readers interested in recent typographic history, and the relationships between design methods and production technologies in type manufacture.

Richard Southall has been involved with type and typography since the early 1960s; in publishing, composing-machine manufacture and development, teaching, research and consultancy. All enthusiasts of typography and its fascinating history will enjoy this important work. Contains 150 illustrations. Co-published with The British Library. Sales Rights: North & South America only; available elsewhere from The British Library.