Poetry, notes, and drawings by William Michaelian
just opening a book that is just here... a brand newhard-back first edition a $55 book for $6.30 !The Well - Made BOOK Essays & Lectures By Daniel Berkeley Updike edited by William Petersonhere is what is on the wrap:"The practice of typography, if it be followed faithfully,is hard work - full of detail, full of petty restrictions, full of drudgery, and not greatly rewarded as men now count rewards. There are times when we need to bring to it all the history and art and feeling that we can, to make it bearable. But in the light of history, and of art, and of knowledge and of man's achievement, it is as interesting a work as exists - a broad and humanizing employment which can indeed be followed merely as a trade, but which if perfected into an art, or even broadened into a profession, will perpetually open new horizons to our eyes and new opportunities to our hands."- Daniel Berkeley UpdikeWilliam Morris was his metro ! In 1958 I almost dropped out of high school to be an apprentice printer with Mr. Lean... he died... so ...here I am.they replicated the Founder's Caslon exactly to do this bookthis typeface was Updike's favorite... you shld see the curl that goes from the top of the "c" to the next letter... NEAT !Updike was Merrymount Press in Boston.. he died the year I was born 1941...
MENTOR NOT "metro" .. these walmart bifocalssuck !
here is the kind of printing press that I learned on at Stuart Junior High 1951-53... in Print Shopand the teacher was Mr. Woods..http://www.kyforward.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Printing-Press_425.jpghand set the led tyyp that was in a sectioned box ( I forget what it was called)we had to know by heart where every letter was.and we were tested on how fast we could set-up a paragraph"trick"? was to mix a little red ink in with the black to make the reader concentrate on what he was reading... even trickier was left page printed in a blue-black and the right hand page in a red-black..notice in old books that there ar two colors .. red and black..then.. the paper was VERY important...book production today is ... crap!
The red and black saw a lot of use especially in the old French editions on those distinctive title pages.Type with character — what a concept! and what subtle power to convey.(I know the c-curl whereof you speak.)Every printer’s devil should have a metro mentor.Good picture of the old press, like an underworld forge, gasping and letting off steam.
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