At 21:50 1-4-06, you wrote:
>"no comments on the technical part of my mail. . ."
>There is speculation that all sorts of techniques may have been tried
>in early printed work. In regard to sand casting Moxon (1683-84)
>discusses this for producing larger point sizes and earlier asian type
>was sand cast in branch moulds. They were actually constructed boxes.
>The Printing Museum in Tokyo has several examples of these. It was a
>common casting technique. The parallel history of casting coinage and
>medallions would have commonsensically lent itself to this approach,
>but may never have been considered because of the differing
>social/cultural history of written forms.
>The idea of separate punches for accents is not uncommon. Punches
>would be tied together and struck at once. I have seen photographic
>examples of this. In that regard, it would not be inconceivable that
>the punches for earlier printed work may have been composites of
>letterforms, especially possible with the textura form. If so, it is
>not inconceivable that the practice would need be abandoned with the
>movement of printing beyond Mainz into Italy where the prevailing
>hands were not textura.
>Many examples of early Incunabula show letterform variation (multiple
>punches of the same letterform) and this may have been on purpose, in
>an attempt to reproduce the variation inherent in the work of the
>hand. B42 had to look like a scribe produced it, that would have been
>a main issue I'd think. The idea of the "new" would not have been as
>acceptable as it is today. The advantage however was the fact that,
>once mastered, a mechanical technique could produce multiple copies
>far faster than previously. And once that became commonplace, the type
>road (transformation of letterform to the mechanically based) could begin.
I have seen those combined punches, in the plantin-collection
there are few.
Even today most times the products of new techniques mimic the old
products they replace. In this way those products are more easily accepted.
Humans are quite conservative.
It would not be difficult to find some examples of this
in recent history.
b.t.w. old techniques have quite some survival skills.
Here in Europe there were some 3 measurement systems for pointsize:
pica - fournier - didot. The last two were used at the European mainland.
The earlier fourniersystem (1728...) was replaced by the later
~ 1750... But until the very end of letterpress, there were some printshops
still using fournier... As I lately discoverd when we plundered an
old printshop. Monotype was willing to built moulds for founier-typefoundries.
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