History of chromolithography - copies still available for purchase
In 2013 the British Library and Oak Knoll Press, in association with the Printing Historical Society, published A history of chromolithography: printed colour for all by Michael Twyman. This important book has become a standard reference work on the subject. Copies of this book may still be purchased from the Printing Historical Society at a price of £75 for non-members and £40 for non-members (excluding delivery). For further details see the Publications page.
John Phillips's lithographic notebook
A facsimile of John Phillips’s lithographic notebook, with a learned transcription and commentary by Michael Twyman, was published in December 2016 by the Society. See our Publications page for further information.
Conference on twentieth century printing history
Conference registration is by ticket purchase. For full programme details and how to obtain tickets see the Forthcoming PHS Events page.
The Printing Historical Society, the Centre for Printing History and Culture and the National Print Museum in Dublin have joined forces to organise a conference whose main focus is twentieth century printing history. Entitled From craft to technology and back again: print’s progress in the twentieth century, the conference is being hosted by the National Print Museum in Dublin on 30 and 31 March 2017. Details of the programme and how to obtain tickets will be found on the Forthcoming PHS Events page.
Journal New Series 24 published
Issue number 24 of the Society’s Journal was published in October 2016. The issue contains articles by Michael Kassler, Vance Mead, Stephen Saxe and Alan May. See the Publications for further information.
Printing History News 52
Printing History News 52 was issued in October 2016. See the Publications page for further information.
St Bride Foundation lectures
The St Bride Foundation has announced two lectures this autumn. On 16th November 2016 the Beatrice Ward Memorial Lecture, entitled Nudity in type design & beyond, will be delivered by Dr Nadine Chahine, Lebanese type designer and legibility expert at Monotype. On 8th December 2016 Mark Ovenden, a transport design historian, will give a lecture entitled Sans Serif Britain: the role of Johnston and Gill.
See our Other events and announcements page for further details of these forthcoming lectures.
Printing History News 50 and 51
Printing History News 50 and 51 were issued in April and July 2016 respectively. See the Publications page for further information.
St Bride Library re-opens to the public on first Wednesday of the month
Starting on 6th April 2016 and thereafter on the first Wednesday of each month the St Bride Library will be open from 10 am to 8 pm. Use of the Reading Room and the 2,000 books it contains is free, but a small charge will be made to retrieve items from closed collections and to photograph or photocopy items. For further details visit the St Bride Library web page.
Journal New Series 23 published
Issue number 23 of the Society’s Journal was published in January 2016. The issue marks the eightieth birthday in 2015 of James Mosley, founding editor of the Journal and a founding member of the Society, and is largely devoted to material by him. The issue includes his translation of and commentary upon Jacques Jaugeon’s account of the typefounder’s mould and its use, as well as a selection of entries from his blog (typefoundry.blogspot.co.uk and an expanded and updated bibliography.
Printing History News 49
Printing History News 49 was issued in January 2016. See the Publications page for further information.
Grants for 2016
The Printing Historical Society is pleased to continue its research grants programme in 2016. For further details see our Grants Programme page.
Centre for Printing History and Culture
Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham, UK, have jointly launched the Centre for Printing History and Culture, to encourage research into all aspects and periods of printing history and culture, as well as education and training into the art and practice of printing. Various events are planned, details of which will be posted on our Other events and announcements page. Further information about the CPHC may be found on their website.
Printing History News 48 / Anniversary Keepsake
Printing History News 48 was issued in October 2015. Individual members of the Society at the time of the Society's 50th Anniversary Conference in 2014 will each have received their complimentary copy of the anniversary keepsake with PHN 48. See the Publications page for further information.
Printing History News 47
Printing History News 47 was issued in June 2015. See the Publications page for further information.
Journal New Series 22 published
Issue number 22 of the Society’s Journal was published in June 2015. The issue contains articles by Alan May, H.D.L. Vervliet and Elizabeth Savage. For further details see the Publications page.
The Museum Enschedé has moved
The collections of the Museum Enschedé have found a new home in the archive of the Province of Noord-Holland in Haarlem. For further information contact the curator at the following address:
Attn of Mr Johan de Zoete, Museum Enschedé
P.O. Box 3006
2001 DA Haarlem
Tel. +31 (0)23-5172765
Printing History News 46
Printing History News 46 was issued in March 2015. See the Publications page for further information.
Printing History News 44 and 45
PHN 44 and 45 were issued in September and December 2014 respectively. See the Publications page for further information.
Closure of the St Bride Library from 17 December 2014 until further notice
The St Bride Foundation has announced that the St Bride Library will be closed from 17 December 2014 until further notice. This has been prompted by planned demolition and construction work on an adjacent site. For further information see the St Bride Foundation Official Blog.
Journal New Series 21 published
Issue number 21 of the Society’s Journal was published in November 2014. The issue contains articles by David Chambers and Iain Bain, Albert Corbeto, Stephen Lubell, Robert Oldham, and R.B. Williams. For further details see the Publications page.
Publication of ‘History of the Monotype Corporation’
On 13 November 2014 the Society and Vanbrugh Press announced publication of History of the Monotype Corporation, written by Judy Slinn, Sebastian Carter and Richard Southall, and edited by Andrew Boag and Christopher Burke. Copies of this important book can be obtained through the usual trade channels. For contractual reasons the book is not available for purchase direct from the Society. For further information see the Vanbrugh Press website.
Printing History News 43
PHN 43 was issued in June 2014. See the Publications page for further information.
Journal New Series 20 published
Issue number 20 of the Society’s Journal was published in April 2014. The issue, guest edited by Martyn Ould, contains articles by Ferdinand Ulrich, Claire Bolton, William Peterson, and Martyn Thomas. For further details see the Publications page.
Printing History News 41 and 42
PHN 41 and 42 were issued in December 2013 and March 2014 respectively. See the Publications page for further information.
The History of Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press has announced the publication of The History of Oxford University Press. Members of the Society may purchase copies at a discount. For more information see the Other events and announcements page.
Re-publication of Cambridge Christmas book
The Society has re-published the 1951 Cambridge Christmas book The Cambridge University Press collection of private press types: Kelmscott, Ashendene, Eragny, Cranach by Thomas Balston. For further details see the Publications page.
Exhibition: From Scriptoria to the Printing House
An exhibition on the creation of books during the period of transition from manuscript to print has opened at the Christ Church Library, Oxford. For further information see our Other events and announcements page.
17th century intaglio engraving and printing methods
Dr Sachiko Kusukawa, Tutor and Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science at Trinity College, Cambridge, plans to conduct research into drawings and illustrations produced by the early Royal Society. Dr Kusukawa is looking for a curator or practitioner familiar with 17th century intaglio engraving and printing methods who would be willing to assist in practical application of these methods to the reconstruction of some scientific engravings (e.g. from Hooke's Micrographia), by engraving new plates and printing from them, in order to better understand the processes involved. Interested persons should contact Dr Kusukawa by phone (+44 1223 339930 or (secretary) +44 1223 338404), email (email@example.com) or by writing to Dr S. Kusukawa, Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ, UK.
Contributor sought for new handbook of European printing history
On the initiative and under the auspices of the Don Juan Archiv Wien, a new Handbook is being prepared of the history of printing in Europe and the Mediterranean, with special focus on theatricalia, musicalia and Orientalia. A contributor is sought for the section on Great Britain, to provide 12,000 words specifically upon British landmarks in the history of printing of theatricalia and musicalia.
The purpose is to provide a concise but comprehensive reference source. The handbook hopes to break new ground by treating Europe and its immediate neighbours to east and south, principally the Ottoman Empire and its successor states, as a cultural whole.
The work, which is being edited by Dr Geoffrey Roper (bibliographical scholar and print historian) in London and Dr Michael Hüttler (theatrical scholar and project manager, Don Juan Archiv Wien) will focus upon the beginnings of development of printing and publishing of, inter alia, theatrical texts and libretti and musical scores. The editors will be providing contributions on Orientalia. The Handbook will be in English and is expected to be published in 2014.
Potential contributors for the Great Britain section are invited to direct enquiries for further details to Dr Roper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Order our publications online
You can now use an online order form to order back-issues of the Society's Journal and other publications that we have in stock. You can, of course, still place orders by contacting our Publications Officer by email. For further information on publications that are available for sale, see our Publications page.
Past issues of PHN available online
The Society is beginning to make past issues of Printing History News available for free download in PDF format, starting with the most recent issues. See the Publications page for more information and for links to the online versions.
Apply for membership online
A revised membership application form has been uploaded to the PHS website and is available both for download in PDF format and for use online. Visit our 'Join us' web page.