Excellent suggestion - I'll see if I can track down a set without the big
trek to London, and eventually report back somehow on what I find.
All the best,
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Oldham OL1 1SJ England
On 2/8/07 20:21, "Gerald Lange" <Bieler@...> wrote:
> I think the best source for you would be _The British Printer_. This
> was an industrial journal that began about 1887. I suspect university
> libraries in your neck of the woods might have a full run of it. I
> have a couple of bound annuals from the 1890s and they are jam-packed
> with information, with illustrations reflecting the processes used
> during the time period.
> I think the key in regard to the movement to photographic processes
> was the commercial availability of film. That coincides with Walker
> and Morris. Walker's seminal slide lantern show is an initial use of
> the technology. The further exploration of historical typeface
> specimens by the pair that resulted in the Kelmscott Press, is
> likewise the result of the industrial standardization of photographic
> processes. I'm not sure how much Walker was involved in the
> development of photo-engraving but, but as I recall, he was an owner
> in such a firm.
> In one of _The British Printers_ that I have the editors speculate on
> the production costs and profit involved in one of the Kelmscott
> books. They were "blown away," or the equivalent late 19th century