Seventy Books about Bookmaking: A Guide to the Study and Appreciation of Printing

Seventy Books about Bookmaking: A Guide to the Study and Appreciation of Printing

Seventy Books about Bookmaking: A Guide to the Study and Appreciation of Printing

Seventy Books about Bookmaking: A Guide to the Study and Appreciation of Printing

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Though the title has changed this is really the second edition, revised and enlarged, of a little volume called Fifty Books about Bookmaking, which appeared first on the occasion of the Twelfth Annual Conference on Printing Education, held at Columbia University, June 26 to 28, 1933. The book was issued as the catalogue of an exhibition which the Columbia University Library had organized for the benefit of the members of that conference. It contained a selection of fifty books on printing and the graphic arts which, we felt, would be of permanent value to teachers and students of printing.

Appreciation of printing is, of course, based on some real understanding of the technical processes. This understanding can be gained by instruction and by actual workshop practice; individual personal experience is a wonderful eye opener. There are many excellent handbooks that help along the path of practical apprenticeship -- the United Typothetae of America's Standard Textbooks an Printing, for instance. It is, however, something else that we had in mind in arranging that exhibition and in issuing the catalogue, something which is as important and vital as it is intangible. A program of instruction can be thought of that would have as its result a good practical training in all the mechanics of printing, but it is exactly beyond this line that the real values are to be found. Beyond this line lie the character of the work, its style -- the spirit, in fact, which gives life to the technical accomplishment.

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