THE OLD SCHOOL PRESS

An occasional newsletter about forthcoming books and events
 

October 2019

In this newsletter . . .

now published: Volume III of Printing at the University Press, Oxford, 1660-1780
 

a new poster: our contribution to the Bodleian's celebration of Herman Melville's 200th birthday

an event: a printers' Wayzgoose in Oxford

 

 

now in print
Printing at the University Press, Oxford, 1660-1780, volume III

Volume III, 'Process', is now available for shipping



in print

read the previous news item on this title


It has been a long haul bringing this series to a conclusion, but finally we have copies of volume III ready for sale. If you have expressed an interest in our books on printing history or bought any in the past you will probably receive a printed leaflet by post at some point.

We are now able to present some images of the standard and de luxe editions below - there are more at our website.


Volume III has the following contents:


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
 

The standard edition of 208pp is bound in brown cloth and presented in a letterpress-printed dust-jacket of gold HahnemŁhle Bugra BŁtten.

The de luxe edition consists of a copy of the book quarter-bound in dark brown leather with a paper marbled by Jemma Lewis on the boards, together with a separate volume, Learning about printing, printed letterpress on an antique laid paper. The two volumes are presented in a slipcase covered in brown cloth.


The next image shows an opening of the 32pp additional volume.


Standard copies are £105 each, and de luxe copies are £300 each. Full details and further photographs can be found at our website.

If you would like to buy a copy just get in touch with us by email.


 

a new poster
'And with the agonies he endured'

our contribution to the Bodleian's celebration of Herman Melville's 200th birthday



a few copies available for sale

 


This is our contribution to this project from the Bodleian Library. Of all the quotations offered we chose the longest, giving us a chance to set some type. The quotation also had a strong narrative as well, so it was ideal for an illustration, here a linocut by John Watson. For fuller details see this page on our website.


 

an event
Oxford Wayzgoose

we shall be there



10am to 5pm
Saturday 2 November
Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall
Oxford Brookes University


Seventy tables of printing stuff! We shall have some paper and type for sale, as well as printing ephemera and some books.

There is a cafť. There is parking, about 5 minutes walk away at Headington Hill Hall, now Pay and Display.

 

 

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