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Since its first, 1970 edition, PRINTING 1770-1970 has become the definitive guide to printing history for every true printing aficionado. It is a study of the rapid changes in printing technology through the past 200 years, from the Handpress Age to the dawn of the Information Age. Twyman educates the reader through a chronological, highly organized text. Beginning with "The Information Explosion," the reader is introduced to the social history of 18th-century printing trade in England. Subjects covered are migration patterns of printers, printers' work spaces, information flow, and the relationship between community and printing services. Other chapters, titled "New Processes," "Printing in Colour," "From Craft to Technology," "Types and Other Letterforms," "Pictures into Print," and "Design: Survivals and New Approaches" provide a comprehensive and authoritative history of the printing trade. These chapters cover subjects such as aquatint and wire engraving, printing machines, hand coloring, soap advertisements, cathode-ray typesetting, and ceremonious printing. Twyman also makes great use of the Constance Meade Collection as a visual tool. With over 800 illustrations - many in color - PRINTING 1770-1970 can be appreciated by the novice art lover and amateur historian, as well as the graphic artist and printing scholar. Michael Twyman, Ph.D. is an internationally heralded authority on printing and typography during the machine age. His current position is Professor of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. Jacket shows fading. Crease in jacket flap. 285 pages. cloth, dust jacket.. 4to..
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