Printing at the University Press, Oxford, 1660-1780

Details of Volume III: 'Process: from author to book-seller'

 

The third volume builds on the first two and details the process at the University Press from author's copy to printed and gathered sheets ready for sale. It will have the following contents:

Preface
Contents
Illustrations
References

INTRODUCTION
PREPARING A SPECIMEN
THE COMPOSITORíS WORK
    New type arrives
    Standing at case
    Pay and productivity
    Organising the setting
    The compositors
PROOF-READING AND CORRECTING
THE PRESS-MANíS WORK
    Beating and pulling
    Pay and productivity
    The press-men
THE WOOD ENGRAVERíS WORK
THE COPPER ENGRAVERíS WORK
    Engraving the sheet Almanack
    Engraving illustrations
THE ROLLING-PRESS MANíS WORK
    Pay and productivity
FROM PRESS-CREW TO BOOKSELLER
    Warehousing
    Shipping stock
    Binding
    Advertising
TIME & MONEY
    Conditions and perquisites
    John Hallís productivity figures
    Accounting for Delegatesí books
    Accounting for Authorsí books
    The cost of a book
    The time to make a book
MAINTENANCE AROUND THE PRESS
APPENDICES
    A bill to an editor
    Shared printing
Index

The volume will contain eleven photographs of contemporary documents. The de luxe edition will contain an additional volume entitled Learning about printing, which, building on manuscript documents of the time, will relate the story of how John Fell and his partner Thomas Yate developed their understanding of the economics of printing large editions for sale to the London Stationers.

The book will make about 170 pages and the page size will be 276 mm by 216 mm, the same size as all our previous titles on Oxford University Press. The text will be set in 12pt Monotype Van Dijck and 250 copies printed digitally on 148gsm Mohawk Superfine paper. The end-papers will also be Mohawk Superfine.

BINDING A: Fifty de luxe copies will be quarter-bound in dark brown leather with a paper specially marbled by Jemma Lewis on the boards. The additional volume will be printed on an antique Rives BFK mould-made paper and case-bound in full brown cloth. The two volumes will be presented in a cloth-covered slip-case also in brown cloth.

BINDING B: The standard copies will be case-bound in brown cloth, with a printed dust-jacket of gold HahnemŁhle Bugra BŁtten. Ten copies will be reserved in sheets for binders.

Prices will be announced closer to publication. (All the above details and prices are subject to change before publication.)


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