The Swifts

The Swifts

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qIn The Swifts, Walker Rumble, himself a printer and printing historian, follows the trail of these colorful compositors who became famous by winning typesetting races. Tellingly, at the same time that the most celebrated contests were taking place, technological and cultural forces were threatening the Swifts' way of life. First, women printers vied for shopfloor legitimacy; then, in the mid-1880s, typesetting machines such as Mergenthaler's Linotype arrived, replacing the artisans forever.q--BOOK JACKET.Many printers offered such advice, dating back to 1683 and the original of the genre, Joseph Moxona#39;s Mechanick Exercises, and Harpel drew from the standard nineteenth-century canon: Lynch s Printera#39;s Manual dated to 1859, John A. Wilsona#39;s A Treatise on English Punctuation was in its twenty-fifth edition, ... 3 Journeymen compositors, however, did not read the Typograph as an instruction manual.

Title:The Swifts
Author:Walker Rumble
Publisher:University of Virginia Press - 2003


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