The wood-engravings of typesetting, correction and imposition in Lefèvres printers’ manual are among the most vivid and informative illustrations of the delicate work – and heavy lifting – involved in hand typesetting. They are by the celebrated wood-engraver Jacques Adrien Lavieille; I have not yet identified the artist. In this… Read More »Illustrations of typesetting at Firmin-Didot in 1855
I recently sold a collection of copperplates etched by Sir Edwin Landseer when he was between 8 and 10 years old to the Graphic Arts Collection a Princeton University. The curator, Julie Melby has posted an announcement the department’s blog as ‘Edwin Landseer aged 8’. My description with a gallery… Read More »The Landseer juvenile etchings
Rare Book School have released a video featuring the wooden rolling press which John Milnes and I constructed in Oxford. The press is based on the designs published in the Encyclopédie in 1769. The following extracts from my original pitch for building the press explain the genesis of the project… Read More »Rare Book School rolling press
‘As in Geometry, the most natural way of beginning is from a Mathematical point … closing’. So begins Robert Hooke’s extended verbal and visual pun on Euclid’s Elements, at the start of his Micrographia (1665). The Elements opens with the definitions of the point and line as Platonic ideals; Hooke… Read More »What is the point?