Why I'm doing this.
Introduction I - Surveys of the Processes
Pointers to better places than this to learn about letterpress printing.
[NOT DONE] Very brief overviews and historical surveys of the many processs involved in relief printing from metal typographical surfaces (that is, letterpress printing and related technologies).
Introduction II - Surveys of the Equipment
[NOT BACK ONLINE YET] This is a more comprehensive but still fairly superficial look at the tools and machines involved, without getting into more detailed topics such as how to rebuild it or how to use it.
History and Surveys of Hot Metal Machinery. Other Composing and Typographical-Surface-Producing Machines. Other Composing an Printing Tools and Machines.
[NOT BACK ONLINE YET - and not much done yet, anyway] Reprints of books and periodicals which cover broadly more than one of the topics of these Notebooks (for example, Legros & Grant's Typographical Printing Surfaces, which covers both composing machines and typefounding). Also an overall list of relevant patents.
A Typographer's Florilegium
Miscellaneous examples from the history of printing.
Type Users' Specimens and Showings
Printers' (vs. typefounders') specimen books and showings.
For specimen books by typefounders and type/linecasting machine matrix manufacturers (e.g., Linotype and Monotype) see the: list of all type specimen and matrix information at CircuitousRoot .
[NOT DONE] Books and instructional material on the use of type (when primarily visual in their focus; when primarily practical, see Use: Type Machinery Operation). [NOTE: later crosslink to material on lettering, signwriting, show card writingm, etc.] My emphasis here will be on 19th century and actual 20th century practice (which has been erased from the contemporary narrative of the history of design).
A quick look at the major equipment. Tales of their acquisition. Incomplete inventories.
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