A Facsimile of the Manuscript Overslag-Boek by Joannes Josephus Balthazar Vanderstraelen

  • New York: The Grolier Club, 2014.
  • 8.5 x 11 inches
  • hardcover
  • 210 pages
  • ISBN: 9781605830537

Price: $75.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 121734

Although "imposition manuals" -- instructions on the proper layout of typeset pages for the press -- have always been useful tools of the printing trade, surviving examples are rare. The present volume has been reproduced from a unique manuscript in the collection of the Grolier Club Library. Entitled Overslag-Boek, zeer nuttig voor alle Liefhebbers der Edele Boekdruk-konste ("Imposition Manual, very useful for all Practitioners of the Noble Art of Printing"), it was compiled in the years 1794-1795 by printer Joannes Josephus Balthazar Vanderstraelen, a native of Antwerp. Vanderstraelen's manuscript illustrates, through a series of diagrams in ink and watercolor, the correct position of composed pages, arranged so that they would appear in the correct order after having been printed and folded. All the common printing formats are presented in order of size, from folio to 64mo. The elements of standard printing "furniture" -- the chase, quoins, wedges, etc. -- are delicately rendered in various shades of watercolor wash, providing remarkably clear visual instructions on the proper arrangement of formes of type on the press. These diagrams are reproduced here in their entirety, and in full color, complemented and enhanced by Frans Janssen's detailed introduction and notes. The book also includes a foreword by Eugene S. Flamm, a description of the original manuscript held at the Grolier Club, an index, and English translations of the table of contents, headings, and text of the manual. Designed by Jerry Kelly.