Printing Historical Society Prize for New Scholarship

The Society is pleased to announce the ‘Printing Historical Society Prize for New Scholarship’, a competition for a new article on any printing-historical subject, suitable for the Society’s Journal. The details and rules are as follows:

1) The competition will be called the ‘Printing Historical Society Prize for New Scholarship’ (or ‘PHS Prize’ for short).

2) Scholars and practitioners who have worked in the field for no more than seven years are invited to submit an original article on any printing-historical subject (see Notes for contributors). The article should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words, and not previously published. Deadline 1 October 2020 (and annually thereafter).

3) The competition will be judged by a panel comprised of the members of the Society’s Grants & Prizes Committee and the Journal Editor. Only the chair of the panel will know the identity of each competitor; the other members will read submissions anonymously and thus judge them solely on their literary qualities, level of scholarship and of novel contribution to the discipline.

4) The article judged best will be awarded the title ‘Printing Historical Society Prize for New Scholarship’ for that year, a purse of £500, membership of the Society for that year, and publication in the Society’s Journal (and digitally on the Society’s website, and other platforms as appropriate), subject to the usual processes of peer-review. The Society reserves the right not to make an award if no articles of suitable quality are received.

5) All articles submitted for the competition will be eligible for publication in the Society’s Journal, at the Editor’s discretion, and none may be published elsewhere until the results of the competition have been announced (the announcement of the results will be made before the end of each calendar year in which the competition is held).

6) Applicants for the Prize should send their article (in Word format), with a short covering-letter, outlining their research and status as a student, early-career researcher, independent scholar, librarian, printer, printmaker etc. new to printing history, to the Journal Editor by the deadline specified.

The Journal Editor ( will be happy to answer queries and discuss possible subjects and approaches for submissions.

Journal of the Printing Historical Society
 Notes for contributors

The Journal of the Printing Historical Society welcomes submissions of scholarly articles on all aspects of the subject, including (but not limited to) the following: the history of the processes and mechanics of printing of all kinds; the personnel, skills and institutions of the printing industry; the design and manufacture of, and trade in, printers’ type and machinery; illustration and printmaking processes; typographical design; the products of the press (books, periodicals, ephemera and prints); the substrates of print (paper, parchment etc.); bookbinding and the book-trade; the impact of printing on society and on related crafts and professions, including engineering, calligraphy, manuscript-production, publishing and graphic art (and vice versa); and archives and documents in printing history. Reviews and review articles on recent monographs in these subjects are also welcome.

Articles usually range between 2,000 and 8,000 words, but longer papers can also be accommodated and are particularly welcomed for the Third Series (running from 2020). Illustration is encouraged, and the Journal includes full colour images when appropriate. The Journal is peer-reviewed, each paper being rendered anonymous and read by at least two scholars in the field before acceptance for publication.

The New Series is published biannually, in the summer and winter. The deadlines for submission are 1 April (for summer) and 1 September (for winter). The Third Series will be published annually in the autumn, the deadline for contributions being 1 June.

A style-guide and further information for contributors can be acquired from the Editor:

Paul W. Nash
19 Fosseway Drive
GL56 0DU

For reviews please contact the Reviews Editor:

James M’Kenzie-Hall
8 Herstmonceux Place
Church Road
East Sussex BN27 1RL

A history of chromolithography; printed colour for all

The British Library and Oak Knoll Press, in association with the Society, have published A history of chromolithography: printed colour for all by Michael Twyman, Vice-President of the Society. This important book offers a complete and comprehensive study of the history and techniques of chromolithography, with more than 800 illustrations and facsimiles. The book is likely to be the standard reference work on the subject for many years to come.

This small folio (305 × 225 mm) book, which runs to 728 pages, is only available in hardback with dust jacket. The book can be purchased by members of the Printing Historical Society at a special price of £40, and by non-members for £75, by using the online order form or by contacting the Treasurer.

John Phillips’s lithographic notebook

A full-colour facsimile of John Phillips’s lithographic notebook, edited by Michael Twyman, with a checklist of Phillips’s lithographic work up to the end of 1819, was published in December 2016 by the Society. The original document is at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford, and describes the young geologist Phillips’s early experiments with the lithographic process, made between 1817 and 1819. At the time Phillips was living with one of his uncles, the surveyor, engineer and geologist William Smith, known as the ‘father of English geology’. Smith made good use of the young Phillips’s precocious understanding of fossils, and must also have backed and encouraged his nephew’s experiments in lithography, partly for practical reasons. Thus it was that two of the most important nineteenth-century geologists became interested in printing from stone when the process was still very much in its infancy, at least in Britain. The young Phillips’s attempts to understand lithography were informed by a few sketchy published descriptions of the process and by tenuous contacts with practitioners, but above all by a series of systematically-conducted experiments with materials and procedures. The records of these experiments provide insights into the mind and working methods of a young scientist, while also revealing much about the state of lithography in Britain at the time.

This book, which runs to 104 pages, is available in small quarto (255 × 185 mm), full black cloth, with dust jacket, containing a full-clour facsimile and annotated transcription of the original 36-page notebook. The book can be purchased by members of the Printing Historical Society at a special price of £15, and by non-members for £30, by using the online order form or by contacting the Treasurer.

Re-publication of Cambridge Christmas book

In 2013 the Society re-published The Cambridge University Press collection of private press types: Kelmscott, Ashendene, Eragny, Cranach by Thomas Balston. The original Cambridge Christmas book edition (1951) has been carefully reproduced by J.W. Northend. A new introduction by David McKitterick has been added.

Each member of the Society at the time of publication received a copy in lieu of an issue of the Society's Journal. Further copies may be purchased by members of the Society for £15 and by non-members for £30 (prices exclusive of postage and packing), either by completing the online order form, or by sending an email to the Publications Officer, or by writing to the Secretary at the address given on the Contact us page.

Purchasing Society publications

Most back-issues of the Society's Journal and many of our other publications may be purchased by Society members. Back-issues of the Journal are available for purchase by non-members. Prices are shown below for each item. Where an item is out of print and no longer available from us, this is indicated.

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Latest publications

Printing History News Number 66 appeared in April 2020. This issue includes a report by Dr Caroline Archer on the successful campaign to ensure that Matthew Boulton’s family Baskerville Bible would remain in Birmingham.

Printing History News Number 65 appeared in January 2020. This issue includes an obituary of Dr Ann Pillar (1948–2019), one of the UK’s leading experts in the history, theory and practice of typography.

Journal New Series 31 appeared in December 2019. More details can be found in the list below.

Printing History News Number 64 appeared in October 2019. This issue includes an obituary for Walter Hamady, the American article, book designer, papermaker, poet and teacher, who died on 13 September 2019. It also includes an extensive report on the Society’s 2019 Annual General Meeting held in July, and news of the forthcoming final number in the current series (known as the ‘New Series’) of the Society’s Journal, as well as news of the first number in the Third Series, due to be published in Autumn 2020 and annually thereafter.

Printing History News Number 63 appeared in August 2019. This extended (six-page) issue includes: a transcript of the retiring Chairman John Hinks’ report to the Society’s Annual General Meeting; news of the Bodleian Bibliographic Press, which is increasingly accessible to the public as well as being used to support teaching; a report on the rescue of the ‘Southport’ Columbian press; an obituary to Dr Richard Hills, founder and first curator of the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry.

Journal New Series 30 appeared in July 2019. More details can be found in the list below.

Printing History News Number 62 appeared in April 2019. The issue includes an obituary for the type designer Gerard Unger, who died on 23 November 2018.

Printing History News Number 61 appeared in January 2019. The issue includes news of the opening of Europe’s biggest printing museum at Malesherbes in France; and news of the publication of a history of the British firm Percy Lund Humphries, a leading twentieth-century printer of fine art books, written and self-published by Charles Lubelski.

Journal New Series 29 appeared in December 2018. More details can be found in the list below.

Printing History News Number 60 appeared in October 2018. The issue includes: a tribute to Michael Passmore, master printer and founder member and first Chairman of the National Printing Heritage Trust; various meeting and conference reports; news of plans to redevelop the present site of the John Jarrold Museum in Norwich; an extended report on the Society’s Annual General Meeting held on 23rd May 2018.

Printing History News Number 59 appeared in July 2018. The issue includes: a description of the newly-established printing room at Denbigh Museum, Wales, containing artefacts from the former Gwasg Gee printing works; a link to a new online digital resource on the history of printing ‘Democratising Knowledge’, produced by National Museums Scotland and the University of Reading Department of Typography & Graphic Communication; announcement of a new issue of Footnotes from the Swiss digital type foundry La Police; and an appreciation of Ken Brooks, for many years Treasurer of the Printing Historical Society, who died in April 2018. The issue also announces the death of Iain Bain, co-founder and Life President of the Society, for whom a full obituary will appear in Journal 29.

Journal New Series 28 appeared in July 2018. More details can be found in the list below.

Printing History News Number 58 appeared in April 2018. The issue includes two items relating to the Curwen Press: the first a plea for information about Bert E Smith, compositor and designer of ornamental borders at the Curwen Press between 1924 and 1964, and about Sarah Clutton, designer of the Monotype Corporation’s set of broadsides on type ornaments issued in the 1960s, for inclusion in a book on printers’ ornaments being prepared by the Barbarian Press; the second an update on work in progress to put the entire Curwen Press bibliography online, including records of the contents of Oliver Simon’s journal Signature, with a particular focus of current work being Series II of Signature, published following the end of the Second World War. There is also a report of the most recent ‘Interactions’ workshop held in December, involving printing and cartographic historians, an update on the work of the Association of European Printing Museums, a report on rediscovery of a Swedish typographic film made in 1933, and several other announcements and short news items.

Printing History News Number 57 appeared in January 2018. This issue includes news of various forthcoming events of interest to printing historians; and the extraordinary story of the bombing of the Shirley Press in Hove in 1943, as a result of which a Monotype caster, together with its operator, fell from an upper floor while in operation, spilling molten lead over the unfortunate caster operator.

Journal New Series 27 appeared in January 2018. More details can be found in the list below.

Printing History News Number 55/56 appeared in September 2017. This is a combined issue. The issue contains a report by Society member Guy Lawley on a paper on the history of comic printing that he had recently presented at the Eighth International Graphic Novel, Comics and Bandes Dessinées Conference 2017 at the University of Dundee. There is also a report on the Society’s 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Journal New Series 26 appeared in September 2017. More details can be found in the list below.

Printing History News Number 54 appeared in April 2017. The issue contains a report on the conference ‘From Craft to Technology and Back again: print’s progress in the twentieth century’, which was held in Dublin at the end of March 2017. The issue also reports on the re-opening to the public of 7 Hammersmith Terrace, home of Emery Walker, after an eighteen-month closure while the contents were catalogued and restoration work was carried out to wallpapers, mouldings and textiles.

Journal, New Series 25 appeared in February 2017. More details can be found in the list below.

Printing History News Number 53 appeared in January 2017. The issue contains reflections by Paul Jessop, General Manager of the St Bride Foundation, on the importance, current status and future prospects of the St Bride Library. There is also a report on an ‘Interactions’ workshop in October 2016 that brought together printing and ceramics historians to discuss areas of mutual interest; this is one of a series of such workshops being sponsored by the Society and organised by Caroline Archer and Michael Twyman.

Journal, New Series 24 appeared in October 2016. More details can be found in the list below.

Printing History News Number 52 appeared in October 2016. The issue contains news of the closure of the National Printing Heritage Trust after over 25 years of supporting the preservation of printing heritage items in the UK. The activities of the NPHT are being continued by a newly-formed sub-committee of the Printing Historical Society, the National Printing Heritage Committee, chaired by Paul Nash.

Printing History News Number 51 appeared in July 2016. The issue contains the announcement of the closure of the National Printing Heritage Trust, and the transfer of its undertakings to the Printing Historical Society. There are also contributions from Martyn Hitchcock, Bob Oldham, Bryan Byrne and John Trevitt, as well as a short item commemorating the centenary of the birth of Hans Schmoller.

Printing History News Number 50 appeared in April 2016. The issue contains an article about the re-opening of the Bodleian Library's Bibliography Room, now housed in the Schola Musicae after a temporary sojourn at the Story Museum in Oxford.

Journal, New Series 23 appeared in January 2016. More details can be found in the News section and in the list below.

Printing History News Number 49 appeared in January 2016. The issue leads with news of the launch of the Centre for Printing History and Culture, a joint initiative of Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham. There is also further news of the St Bride Library, which is now open by appointment and for a fee. The issue is set in Meridien and Univers types, in tribute to type designer Adrian Frutiger, who died in September 2015.

Printing History News Number 48 appeared in October 2015. The front page is devoted to the dismaying news of the closure of the St Bride Library and the statement released by the Chief Executive of the St Bride Foundation, Glyn Farrow. There is also an obituary notice for Hermann Zapf, who died in June 2015, and in tribute to him the whole issue of the PHN has been typeset in Palatino and Optima.

Printing History News Number 47 appeared in June 2015, the first issue for which our new editor, Ken Burnley, has had sole charge. Among the usual range of announcements a page is devoted to the recent publication of an English edition of the Munich exhibition catalogue Worlds of Learning: The Library and World Chronicle of the Nuremberg Physician Hartmann Schedel (1440–1514).

Journal, New Series 22 appeared in June 2015. More details can be found in the News section and in the list below.

Printing History News Number 46 appeared in March 2015. Among the usual news of events and small advertisements there is news of the new Peter Isaac Essay Prize announced by Print Networks, for the best essay in the field of the ‘history of the book trade in the Anglophone world’. There is also mixed news of continuing efforts to preserve the legacy of the Thomas Gee printing works in Denbigh, North Wales.

Publications Series

The following publications are currently in print:

John Phillips’s lithographic notebook, a full-colour facsimile edited by Michael Twyman, with a checklist of Phillips’s lithographic work up to the end of 1819. ISBN 9780900003165 £30 (members £15)

The Cambridge University Press collection of private press types: Kelmscott, Ashendene, Eragny, Cranach by Thomas Balston. A re-print of the 1951 Christmas book produced privately by the University Printer. ISBN 9780900003189 £30 (members £15)

The Albion Press, by Reynolds Stone, with an Introductory note by James Mosley. ISBN 0 900003 13 8 £14 (members £10)

The Autobiography of Luke Hansard, Printer to the House, 1752–1828, edited and with an introduction by Robin Myers. ISBN 0 900003 12 X £18 (members £12)

Specimen of Stereotype Ornaments, 1825, by M. U. Sears. With an introduction by James Mosley. ISBN 0 900003 11 1 £12 (members £8)

New Specimen of Cast-Metal Ornaments and Wood Types, by William Davison. Edited by Peter Isaac. ISBN 0 900003 09 X £20 (members £15)

Specimen of Modern Printing Types 1828, by Edmund Fry. Reprinted with an introduction by David Chambers. ISBN 0 900003 08 1 £20 (members £15)

Treatise on Lithography, by Henry Bankes. Reprinted from the 1813 and 1816 editions, with an introduction and notes by Michael Twyman. ISBN 0 900003 07 3 £12 (members £6)

A Directory of London Lithographic Printers 1800–1850, compiled with an introduction by Michael Twyman. ISBN 0 900003 05 7 £10 (members £5)

A Directory of London Printers, 1800–1840 by William B. Todd. ISBN 0 900003 04 9 £15 (members £7.50)

Printing Patents: Abridgments of Patent Specifications... 1617–1857. Reprinted from the 1859 edition, with the 1878 Supplement. Prefatory Note by James Harrison. ISBN 0 900003 00 6 £10 (members £5)

PHN Printing History News

Replacing the Society's Bulletin, which was taken into the Journal with the beginning of the New Series in 2000, is PHN, a joint newsletter with the Friends of St Bride and the NPHT National Printing Heritage Trust. Anita Phillips edited PHN 1–5, Paul W. Nash edited PHN 6–46, and Ken Burnley has edited PHN 47 onwards. PHN is currently appearing four times per year, and comes with membership of the Society.

Journal list - New Series

Volumes of the New Series are mostly available to purchase, £ 16 each (members £ 8).

Journal, New Series 31 (2019), the last number in the series, contains the following articles: Michael Twyman, “Vilmorin-Andrieux & Cie, seedsmen and provider of illustrations for horticultural catalogues”; Martyn Ould, “Printing at the Bible Press, Oxford, 1769–1772: further analysis”; Katharina Walter, “Letters in the light: a media-historical approach to phototypesetting and its telegraphic antecedents”; Peter Lanchidi, “Julius Bien and the metamorphosis of a Kabbalistic-Masonic lithograph (New York, 1859)”; Paul W. Nash, “A note on Peter Schoeffer’s book-list of ‘1470’ ”. Reviews are by Dan Reynolds, Sebastian Carter and Colin T. Clarkson.

Journal, New Series 30 (2019) contains the following articles: Roger Gaskell, “Hanckwitz’s Essay on engraving and copper-plate printing rediscovered”; Richard Staines, “ ‘A superabundance of hands’: the printing industry’s perennial ‘apprentice problem’ ”; Douglas Charles, “The Spottiswoode Press: corrigendum”; Stephen Hoskins, “Screen-printing as a twentieth-century graphic medium: with notes on how technical changes influenced Pop Art in the 1960s”; Martyn Ould, “Printing at the Bible Press, Oxford, 1769–1772: a quantitative analysis”. Reviews are by Sebastian Carter, Anna Schiffer and Nettah Yoeli-Rimmer.

Journal, New Series 29 (2018) contains the following articles: Paul Nash, “Iain Bain: an obituary”; Michael Twyman, “Giovanni Battista Belzoni’s portrait frontispiece in the various editions of his Narrative of the operations and recent discoveries…in Egypt and Nubia”; Vaibhav Singh, “The first Indian-script typeface on the Monotype: a missing chapter in the history of mechanical typesetting”; Wiesław Cetera, “The Polish printing industry after 1945: with a case study of the Bucziñski printing house”; Borna Izadpanah, “Early Persian printing and typefounding in Europe”; Riccardo Olocco, “The Jenson roman: its mutations and spread in fifteenth-century Italy”. Reviews are by Julie Mellby and Paul Nash.

Journal, New Series 28 (2018) contains the following articles: Douglas Charles, “The Spottiswoode Press: a note on the ‘ordinary’ double-platen machine”; R.B. Williams, “Victorian book printing: unconventional signatures with integral suffixes”; Michael Twyman, “Charles Hullmandel’s stones at Kingston Lacey”. Reviews are by Elizabeth Savage, Barry McKay, Dennis Duncan and Sebastian Carter. The issue also publishes for the first time a list of supporting members of the Society who have made additional donations in support of the Society‘s awards of research grants and of the work of the National Printing Heritage Committee.

Journal, New Series 27 (2017) contains the following articles: Paul Nash, “The first edition of Holzapffel’s manual for amateur letterpress printers, 1839; a facsimile”; Paul Nash, “Two rare table-top presses at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History”; R.B. Williams, “A publishing history, and curiosities of the letterpress and lithographic printing, of William Hellier Baily’s Figures of characteristic British fossils (1867–1875)”. Reviews are by James Mosley, Francis Cave, John Hinks, Phil Abel and Stephen Saxe.

Journal, New Series 26 (2017) contains the following articles: Paul Nash, “Michael Turner: an obituary”; Vaibhav Singh, “From handwritten copy to the printed page in Devanagari: investigating the curious case of Friedrich Max Müller”; Michael Kassler, “Addendum to ‘Philippe André and the introduction of lithography to England’ ”; Dominique Lerch, “The Simons, father and son, engravers and lithographic printers in Strasbourg (1802–1881): a high point in French lithography”; Nicolas Barker, “Johann Borne: an eyewitness to the invention of printing”. Reviews are by Sebastian Carter and David Chambers.

Journal, New Series 25 (2016) contains the following articles: Stan Nelson, “Diagrams of typical ‘French’ and ‘German’ style type-moulds”; Stan Nelson, “Reconsidering a conclusion: were the first types cast or cut to type-height?”; David Bolton, “Typecases: history and development”; Patrick Goossens, “The long survival of the wooden hand press in Belgium”; Paul Nash, “Scaleboard: the material of interlinear spacing before ‘leading’ ”; Martyn Ould, “A note on interlinear spacing at the University Press, Oxford, before 1780”. Reviews are by Judy Slinn, Alan May, Sebastian Carter, Timothy Wilkes and Anne Brady.

Journal, New Series 24 (2016) contains the following articles: Michael Kassler, “The Earl of Buchan’s connections with early English lithography”; Vance Mead, “Printers, stationers and bookbinders in the plea rolls of the Court of Common Pleas, 1460–1540”; Stephen O. Saxe, “The Bruce pivotal typecaster and its influence on nineteenth-century typography”; Alan May, “A new census of wooden presses in Great Britain”. Reviews are by James Clough, Paul W. Nash and John McClure.

Journal, New Series 23 (2015), which commemorates the eightieth birthday of founding editor, James Mosley, contains the following articles by him: “Jacques Jaugeon’s account of the typefounder’s mould, from the text of the ‘Description des arts et métiers’, 1704”; “Big brass matrices: a mystery resolved?”; “Drawing the typefounder’s mould”; “A lost Caslon type: Long Primer No 1”; “Dabbing, abklatschen, clichage …”; “Garamond or Garamont?”. The issue also contains an updated bibliography of the works of James Mosley.

Journal, New Series 22 (2015) contains the following articles: Alan May, “Making Moxon’s type-mould”; H.D.L. Vervliet, “The combinable type-ornaments of Robert Granjon, 1564–1578”; Alan May, “Albrecht Dürer’s drawing of a printing press: a reconsideration”; Elizabeth Savage, “New evidence of Erhard Ratdolt’s working practices: the after-life of two red frisket sheets from the Missale Constantiense (ca1505)”. We regret that this issue is now out of print.

Journal, New Series 21 (2014) contains the following articles: David Chambers and Iain Bain, “The Printing Historical Society: the early years”; Albert Corbeto, “The golden age of the Spanish book: the improvement of typography at a time of enlightened reform”; Stephen Lubell, “Addenda and corrigenda to ‘The use of Hebrew in the Antwerp polyglot Bible’ ”; Robert Oldham, “The Columbian press at 200: a preliminary report on a world-wide census”; R.B. Williams, “The plates of William Henry Harvey’s A manual of the British marine algae (1849): the production process and identification of their preparator, James Peterkin”.

Journal, New Series 20 (2014) contains the following articles: Ferdinand Ulrich, “The prototype: what we can learn from one of Hermann Zapf’s last metal typefaces”; Claire Bolton, “Leading but not as we know it: some evidence of interlinear spacing in fifteenth century printing”; William Peterson, “The Daniel Press in America”; Martyn Thomas, “Why did Robert Bridges, Poet Laureate, choose to publish many of his poems with the Daniel Press?”.

Journal, New Series 18/19 (2012) contains the following articles: Sandro Jung, “Packaging, Design and Colour: From Fine-Printed to Small-Format Editions of Thomson’s The Seasons, 1793–1802”; James M'Kenzie-Hall, “Fisher, Son & Co. and the Economics of Fine Production”; R.B. Williams, “Victorian Book Printing: A Rare Supernumerary Signature”.

Journal, New Series 17 (2011) contains the following articles: Michael Kassler, “Philippe André and the Introduction of Lithography to England”; Pierre Delsaerdt, “Typographic design and renaissance lexicography: Cornelis Kiliaan's dictionaries of the Dutch language”. We regret that this issue is now out of print.

Journal, New Series 16 (2010) contains the following article: Stephen Lubell, “The use of Hebrew in the Antwerp Polyglot Bible”.

Journal, New Series 15 (2010) contains the following articles: Nan Ridehalgh, “Multicolour printing: the ‘Jean Berté’ watercolour printing process”; and Paul Dobraszczyk, “Dream reading? Designing and using Victorian gardening catalogues”.

Journal, New Series 14 (2009) contains the following articles: 'Delight of Men and Gods: Christiaan Huygen's New Method of Printing', Eric Kindel; and 'The Introduction of anastatic printing to America', Edward J. Law.

Journal, New Series 13 (2009) is a special issue on lottery printing guest edited by Dr Rob Banham. It contains the following articles, each with extensive colour reproductions: The English State Lottery 1694-1826, Geoffrey L. Grant; 'Lottery Advertising 1800-1826', Rob Banham; and 'Whiting & Branston's Lottery Printing', Maureen Greenland.

Journal, New Series 12 (2008) contains the following articles: Cloth impression marks in the fifteenth century editions of Johann Zainer – evidence for paper damping?, Claire Bolton; E.T. Wimple, ink manufacturer, supplier to the printing trade, and Australian naturalist, Benjamin Thorn; and The reward for honest toil: wages in the printing trade in early nineteenth-century Dublin, Charles Benson.

Journal, New Series 11 (2008) includes the following articles: Blockbooks: text and illustrations printed from wood blocks, Nigel F. Palmer; Nineteenth-century jobbing: the printing methods of Gye and Balne, Robert Banham; and The one-pull press, Alan May.

Journal, New Series 10 (2007) includes the following articles:
Bob Lowry: Printer to the University?, Patricia Thomas; The Liberty Press: a platen job press invented by Frederick Otto Degener, Robert Oldham and Erick Desmyter; and Printing red underlines in the incunable period: Sensenschmidt and Frisner's 1475 edition of Justinian's Codex, Margaret M. Smith.

Journal, New Series 9 (2006) includes the following articles: John Toland's economic imperative to print and financing the Harrington edition, Jeff Wigelsworth; Paper wraps stone: the beginnings of educational lithography, Christopher Stray; Artistic printing: a re-evaluation, Graham Hudson; Patents progress: the Adjustable Stencil, Eric Kindel.

Journal, New Series 8 (2005) includes the following article: Early Paris italics 1512-1549, H. D. L. Vervliet. Reviews are by Catherine Alexander, Ross Alloway, Catherine Armstrong, Maureen Bell, John Buchanan-Brown, Betty Hagglund, Justin Howes, K.A. Manley, Ian Maxted, James Mosley, Paul Nash, Maroussia Oakley, Karen Osborne and Margaret Smith.

Journal, New Series 7 (2004) includes the following articles: Reconstructing a Senefelder pole press, Alan May & Michael Twyman; Horace Hart and the University Press, Oxford 1883–1915, Charles Batey, with annotations by R. M. Ritter; The birth of Hart's Rules, R. M. Ritter; Hansard's typographical banknote, Paul W. Nash. Reviews are by Peter Hinds, Richard Lawrence, Marja Smolenaars, David Shaw, Ben Annis, Catherine Armstrong, John Hinks, Lucy Lewis, Karen Osborne, Maureen Bell, John Feather and David Stoker.

Journal, New Series 6 (2003) includes the following articles: John Dreyfus, typographical adviser and historian: an obituary, Nicolas Barker; The myth of identical types: a study of printing variations from handcast Gutenberg type, Stephen Pratt; Space-saving practices in early printed books, Margaret M. Smith; Techniques for the study of Renaissance mathematical instruments: punched and engraved lettering, Gerard L'E. Turner. Reviews are by Rosie Miles, Margaret M. Smith, Diana Dixon, John Feather, Judy Crosby Ivy, and Michael Bott. We regret that this issue is now out of print.

Journal, New Series 5 (2003) includes the following articles: Local and regional studies of printing history: context and content, John Hinks; Gye and Balne: printing families, Robert Banham. Reviews are by Sarah Mahurter, John Feather and Margaret M. Smith.

Journal, New Series 4 (2002) includes the following articles: The Greek typefaces of the early French Renaissance, H. D. L. Vervliet; and George and George Robert Gitton, Printers, Bridgnorth, Diana R. Mackarill. Reviews are by Caroline Archer, Andrew Boag, Christopher Burke, Shelley Gruendler, Paul Luna and Margaret M. Smith.

Journal, New Series, 3 (2001). General issue, edited by Richard Lawrence: The abandoning of the long s in Britain in 1800, Paul W. Nash; The origins of modern filmsetting: the Uhertype: a research report, Roger Muench; John Ryder: a memoir, Michael Harvey; Startling observations on early printing: re-examination of Gutenberg's types, Stan Nelson.

Journal, New Series, 2 (2000). General issue, edited by Richard Lawrence and Christopher Burke: Greek printing types of the French Renaissance: the 'grecs du roy' and their successors, H.D.L. Vervliet; Monotype and phototypesetting, Andrew Boag. We regret that this issue is now out of print.

Journal, New Series, 1 (2000). General issue, edited by Richard Lawrence and Christopher Burke: On Gutenberg's 600th anniversary: towards a history of jubilees of printing, John L. Flood; Trade cards of early British lithographers, Michael Twyman; Edward Crouch (c. 1622–1676): a poor printer in seventeenth-century London, Jason McElligott.

Selection of journal articles from the First Series

An index to the first series of the Journal is available, compiled by Paul W. Nash. See Journal Indices.

Selected articles from the numbered volumes of the first series of the Journal, in chronological order. Note that some are described as out of print. The rest are available for purchase. First series volumes 1-24 are £ 12 each (members £ 8); volumes 25-28 are £ 20 (members £ 15).

1. 1965 (reprinted 1972). The Garamond types of Christopher Plantin, H. D. L. Vervliet; Alexander Mackie's steam type-composing machine, James Moran; Académism et typographie: the making of the romain du roi, André Jammes.

2. 1966. Thomas Ross & Son, copper- and steel-plate printers since 1833, Iain Bain; Augustus Applegath: some notes and references, W. Turner Berry; The Albion press, Reynolds Stone. We regret that this issue is out of print, but the article by Reynolds Stone on the Albion Press has been re-issued in 2005.

3. 1967. The lithographic hand press 1796–1850, Michael Twyman; The early career of William Caslon, James Mosley; An improved printing press by Philippe-Denis Pierres, David Chambers. We regret that this issue is out of print.

4. 1968. James Moyes's Temple printing office of 1825, Iain Bain; An annotated list of printer's manuals to 1850 [addenda & corrigenda, Journal 7], Philip Gaskell, Giles Barber & Georgina Warrilow; Experimental graphic processes in England 1800–1859, part I [parts 2 & 3, Journal 5 & 6], Elizabeth M. Harris. We regret that this issue is out of print.

5. 1969. The Columbian press, James Moran; Anastatic printing for Sir Thomas Phillips, Geoffrey Wakeman; George Friend 1881–1969: a memoir, John Dreyfus.

6. 1970. A census of wooden presses, Philip Gaskell; The memorandum book of James Coghlan: the stock of an 18th-century printer and binder, Howard M. Nixon.

7. 1971. Charles Manby Smith: his family & friends. His fantasies & fabrications, Simon Nowell-Smith; The history of the California job type case, Lewis A. Pryor; Photographic enlargement of type forms, Philip Gaskell.

8. 1972. Lithographic stone and the printing trade in the nineteenth century, Michael Twyman; The American common press, Elizabeth M. Harris; Towards a history of tin-printing, Alex Davis. We regret that this issue is out of print.

9. 1973. Aspects of research into English provincial printing, David Knott; Andrew Wilson: Lord Stanhope's stereotype printer, Michael Turner.

10. 1974/5. The decline of commercial wood-engraving in nineteenth-century America, David Woodward; Trans-Atlantic crossing: the beginning of electrotyping in America, Rollo G. Silver.

11. 1976/7. Papers presented to the Caxton International Congress 1976, by Severin Corsten, Lotte and Wytze Hellinga, Jeanne Veyrin-Forrer, Luigi Balsamo, Norman Blake, James Moran, Howard Nixon and Nicolas Barker.

12. 1977/8. Thomas Barker's lithographic stones, Michael Twyman; London printers and newspaper production during the first half of the eighteenth century, Michael Harris; The Ross records, Anthony Dyson.

13. 1978/79. Technical training and education in the English printing industry, part I [part 2, Journal 14], T. A. Skingsley; A note on W. H. Fox Talbot and photo-engraving, Harold White; Printing in 1478, David Rogers.

14. 1979/80. A day at a music publishers: a description of the establishment of D'Almaine & Co., H. Edmund Poole; A note on some lithographic stones relating to Henry Alken's 'Ideas' and 'Notions', Michael Twyman.

15. 1980/1. Slab-serif type design in England 1815–1845, Nicolete Gray; The Grover typefoundry, Michael Treadwell; The wooden common press at the Science Museum, London, John E. Smart.

16. 1981/2. The Caslon type specimen of 1766. A facsimile with an introduction and notes, James Mosley.

17. 1982/3. The rolling press: some aspects of its development, Anthony Dyson; The earliest English chromolithographs, Bamber Gascoigne; The types of Pedro Disses, punchcutter, Don W. Cruickshank.

18. 1983/84. Social aspects and effects of composing machine adoption in the British printing industry, David A. Preece; The types of Nicolas Kis, John A. Lane.

19. and 20. 1985/7. Type designs of William Morris, William S. Peterson; Founders' type and private founts at the Chiswick Press in the 1850s, Janet Ing Freeman.

21. 1992. Special issue on the Stationers' Company, guest edited by Robin Myers: Journeymen and master printers in the early seventeenth century, Sheila Lambert; Towards a demography of the Stationers' Company 1601–1700, Christine Ferdinand.

22. 1993. Special issue on early printing, guest edited by Margaret M. Smith: 'Typography' in the manuscript book, J. P. Gumbert; New light on Johannes Bamler, Sheila Edmunds; The design of the early printed missal, Mary Kay Duggan; The pre-history of 'small caps': from all caps to smaller capitals to small caps, Margaret M. Smith; The bold idea: the use of bold-looking types in the nineteenth century, Michael Twyman. We regret that this issue is out of print.

23. 1994. Printing for Amateurs by P. E. Raynor. A facsimile with an introduction, David Chambers.

24. 1995. Special issue on provincial printing, guest edited by David Knott: The Eighteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue and provincial imprints, David Stoker; John Fairfax and the sale of his printing stock and equipment in Leamington in 1838, Paul Morgan; Hare & Co., commercial wood-engravers: Jabez Hare, founder of the firm, and his letters 1846 to 1847, Martin Andrews; A Bristol printers' chapel in the nineteenth century, Donald Bateman.

25. 1996. Special issue on intaglio printing, guest edited by Anthony Dyson: Barlow's Aesop at Oxford, Anne G. Becher; Fell's forgotten legacy: the intaglio collection of the Oxford University Press Museum, Peter Foden; Chart engraving at the Admiralty's hydrographic department 1951–1981, Roy J. L. Cooney; Reading mezzotints: Mr. Constable's English Landscape, Judy Crosby Ivy; Reproductive mezzotint engraving: the epilogue, Anthony Dyson.

26. 1997. General issue, edited by Margaret M. Smith: Numerals and numbering in early printed English Bibles and associated literature, Jack Williams; A history of bellman's verses, Diana R. Mackarill; Symmetry and the combinable natures of printer's flowers, Richard Kelly; Applegath and Cooper: their importance to the English letterpress printing industry in the nineteenth century, Raymond A. Taylor; A brief account of the development of the Linotype and its early use in the United Kingdom, Basil Kahan. We regret that this issue is out of print.

27. 1998. Special issue on lithographic printing, guest edited by Michael Twyman: Introduction, Michael Twyman; Patrelli, Muller and the Officio Topografico: the beginnings of lithography in Naples, Vladimiro Valerio; Lithography and Spain: the difficult beginnings of a new art, Jesusa Vega; The beginnings of lithography in America, Philip J. Weimerskirch; Lithography for maps: from Senefelder to Hauslab, Ian Mumford; Birthplace of the Indian lithographed book, Graham Shaw; Lithography at the crossroads of the East, Ian Proudfoot.

28. 1999. General issue, edited by Margaret M. Smith: Legros and Grant: the typographical connection, Lawrence Wallis; Parker, Lambarde and the provision of special sorts for printing Anglo-Saxon in the sixteenth century, Peter J. Lucas; The development of publishers' bookbinding in the nineteenth century, Esther Potter.