THE OLD SCHOOL PRESS

Moments in the making of Palladio's Homes

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That daunting pile

It took a while to convince the shippers I had paid (looking in their bank account didn't occur to them apparently) but they did finally deliver these 3,500 sheets of cotone avorio, a hand-made paper from the Amatruda mill in Amalfi, Italy.

The paper has a deckled edge on all four sides. To achieve proper registration on my proof press I need to have some straight edges, so I shall have to visit a friendly guillotine owner locally and have it all halved and possibly trimmed on one side edge. This will allow me to back up the type properly as well as getting the register between linocuts and line drawings right. As a result I shall be printing on half sheets, i.e. two pages at a time.

 
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