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General Printing: An Illustrated Guide to Letterpress Printing Paperback – September 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0978588144 ISBN-10: 0978588142 Edition: Reissue

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Liber Apertus Press; Reissue edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978588142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978588144
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 11 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best all-around introductory book for traditional letterpress printing, this manual is profusely illustrated with detailed and useful photographs." -- David S. Rose, Introduction to Letterpress Printing

About the Author

Glen U. Cleeton served for many years as Dean of the School of Printing Management at Carnegie Institute of Technology. Charles W. Pitkin was assistant professor of printing at Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he produced many of the photos for the book; later he was vice president and director of manufacturing for Doubleday & Company. Additional content was contributed by Raymond L. Cornwell, former professor at State University of New York, Oswego.

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I bought this book after acquiring an 1876 platen-style letterpress. It answered all of my questions, and covered the process of printing in great detail. It's not a great book for modern printing methods, and If you have questions about digital pre-flight, you should find another book. It doesn't cover polymer plates, since those are a digital development. It'll show you how to set movable type or wood blocks, and operate your press.
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