DE L'INSTALLATION D'UN ATELIER DE COMPOSITION POUR JOURNAUX.
An instruction manual cum modified trade catalogue for a complete set-up of a small press dedicated to newspapers, announcements, broadsides, etc. With a cloth binding signed “Engel”. We have located no copies on OCLC, but the Bibliothèque Nationale, identifies one copy each at Valenciennes and Le Puy en Velay in addition to its own copy (possibly two copies). An unusual work in which Turlot’s type foundery offers advice to new, small journalists on the appropriate type elements and machinery necessary to producing reviews, journals, etc. As stated in the title, it is strictly the composition of such publications that is dealt with here and small publishers, even those operating from their homes, are addressed. This interesting text, begins discussing the set-up for the title of a journal, with examples given. Standardized phrases are offered for the lay-out of the title page. Next come recommendations for text fonts, followed by several specimen pages of various suitable characters and charts listing the various “corps” with weights, prices, and totals for journals of small and large format. Examples of “caractères Normandes et Egyptian,” to be used for highlighting special names in a text are also given. Stressing the importance of caractères for the composition of the page for La Bourse, further lay-outs with Turlot’s proposed set are described. Turlot offers and illustrates “bouchons de séparation for articles; fillets dits Couillards; and fillets dits Anglais.” Also included is a full page of illustrated filets and special characters for announcements or broadsides,along with appropriate passe-partout. Not to be neglected: floor plans for the layout of both large and small presses, as well as illustrations of the larger equipment needed, from cases to “compositeurs.” Shipping and billing formats,are detailed, there is a table of typographic correction signs, and, last but not least, there are over 20 pages devoted to laws and documents relative to freedom of the press. A handsome and unusual item; it is not surprising that 2 copies are listed in French provinces, supplying a potential need. How to set up your small printing press in late 19th century France.
The very slightest shelfwear at extremities; pressmark on two pages not affecting text; a few pages folded at upper right corners at printing. A fine copy in a decorated cloth binding signed “Engel”.
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