Mechanick Exercises on the Whole Art of Printing / Joseph Moxon

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Identifier: REF.PM.1951
Object type: Books
Dimensions: 487 p.; 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
Publication dates;Copyright dates: 1978;1962
Created by: Joseph Moxon
Dover (1978) republication of the second (1962) edition. Includes 74 illustrations, index, introduction, and explanatory notes. "Joseph Moxon's Mechanick Exercises on the Whole Art of Printmaking has long been one of the most famous works on typography. Published in 1683-84, it was by forty years the first manual of printing in any language, covering absolutely everything that was known about printing and typography at the end of the 17th century." "The book covers from the construction of the equipment to the techniques used in printing. Moxon discusses the duties, tools, equipment and methods of everyone involved in the printing process: the Master-Printer; the Letter-Cutter; the Letter-Caster; the Letter-Dresser; the Compositer; the Correcter; the Press-man; the Inck-maker; even the Warehouse-keeper and the Author. He includes chapters on The Art of Letter-Cutting, The Art of Mold-Making, Sinking the Matrices, Casting and Dressing of Printing-Letters; he discusses day-to-day activities of the printer's workshop, how to avoid mistakes and what to do if they should occur. There is also Moxon's own glossary of technical terms and printer's slang."--from the Back Cover