Van Nostand Reinhold Company, New York. 1969. 78 pp. 4:o (31 x 21 cm). Brown cloth with decoration of a hand on front stamped in black in orange pictorial dust jacket. Jacket worn, a little bit creased at front lower left corner. First Trade Edition. First issued in a limited edition of 140 copies printed on a Columbian handpress at The Allen Press; the present edition was offset from proofs of the limited edition. Printed in black and light blue ink. The illustrations are by Victor A. Seward. Mallette Dean engraved on wood the pressmark which appears on the final page, and he also engraved the decoration of the hand, which is based on a fifteenth-century woodcut. A definitive manual by the author on fine printing through hand-craftsmanship. The entire art is explained, the various presses, how to assemble the press, the use of friskets, paper and methods of damping it, the function of guide-pins and points, inking and the use of bearers. Includes an appendix of sources of printing equipment, a bibliography and an index. One of the best of the printing manuals to be issued in the 20th century.
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