Printing: A Short History of the Art

Printing: A Short History of the Art

Printing: A Short History of the Art

Printing: A Short History of the Art

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In order to get a general view of the progress of the Art of Printing throughout Europe and America, it has been necessary hitherto to consult a considerable number of monographs written in different languages and not always easily available. The present work has therefore been planned to overcome these existing obstacles and to give in a concise and handy form, it is believed for the first time in English, a general comprehensive survey of the development of printing in many lands from its invention up to comparatively recent times.

To achieve this purpose the foremost experts on the subject have been invited to collaborate in producing a series of chapters to cover the whole ground. Each writer is well known in his particular field, and, where necessary, translations have been made under the author's own supervision. This fact may account for certain inequalities in the arrangement of the work, and little has been done to change the foreign expressions except where such changes were essential to the clarity of the text.

It is only necessary for the reader to turn to the selected bibliographies in each section to realise how . . .

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