In the process of learning the craft of printing and publishing, Gaspereau Press has gradually been acquiring (surprise) books. From time to time we’ll use this blog to give you a peek into our modest though eclectic library.
One of the rarer volumes in our library is a copy of A Dictionary of the Art of Printing, written by William Savage and published at London in 1841 by Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. The printer was A. Spottiswoode, New-Street-Square. Arranged alphabetically, this book is a collection of practical facts and historical background on everything the nineteenth-century printer might wish to know. Covering topics ranging from the practical (casting-off, page imposition, mechanics, hyphenation rules) to the arcane (the Doomsday Book, Rose Engines) to the exotic (composition rules for Hebrew or Sanskrita), the book remains a valuable a tool for students of fine printing as well as the print historians.
If you can’t lay your hands on a copy, the contents of this book may be found on Google Book Search: