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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Printing History News Number 38 appeared in March 2013. This issue marks ten years of publication of PHN, the first issue of which appeared in early 2003. It contains a report on the William Morris Society's Printing Room Project, which has see a refurbishment of the Printing Room at Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, London. A new section is devoted to announcements of printing history events in Ireland.
Printing History News Number 37 appeared in December 2012. This issue contains details of a number of events at St Bride and elsewhere. Regrettably, there is an error in the announcement of the 2013 Justin Howes Memorial Lecture – see the News page for corrected details. The issue contains an appeal for information about the Atlas iron hand-press, and an appeal for both information about and parts for the Thompson British Automatic Platen press.
Printing History News Number 36 appeared in September 2012. As well as the usual announcements and small ads, it contains a short article by Mike Haigh about the print room of the Beck Isle Museum in Pickering, North Yorkshire, UK.
Printing History News Number 35 appeared in June 2012. In addition to the usual announcements of events, there is a short article by Alison Taubman about a Cossar Press donated to National Museums Scotland by David Philips Printers of Crieff, Perthshire.
Printing History News Number 34 appeared in March 2012. In addition to containing details of a number of forthcoming events – including the Society's AGM on 16 May 2012 and printing workshops at St Bride and in Oxford – there is an announcement of two new books concerning The Daniel Press.
Printing History News Number 33 appeared in December 2011. This issue confirms the announcement (already made earlier on the Events page) of the two-day conference being organised jointly with the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in Birmingham in September 2012, entitled ‘Industry and genius in the printing trade’. This issue also announces a number of events at the St Bride Institute, including details of the 2012 Justin Howes Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 21 February 2012, and of the popular series of letterpress short courses. There is also information on the re-opening of the Bodleian Library's Biliography Room – temporarily re-named the Bodleian Hand-Printing Workshop – in new premises at the Story Museum, Pembroke Street, Oxford.
Printing History News Number 32 appeared in September 2011. This issue reports on grants available from the Society during 2012, to support research and publications of reports on archives. There is information on the print workshops being organised by the St Bride Library, as well information on a number of other events. An electronic copy of this issue (in PDF format) may be downloaded from here.
Printing History News Number 31 appeared in June 2011. This issue reports on exhibitions connected with the quatercentenary of the Authorized ('King James') Version of the Bible, as well as providing a brief account of the Salford Museum and Art Gallery, whose demise - along with its collection of hand-presses and other printing-related material - was incorrectly reported in PHN 30. There is also a report on the highly successful series of letterpress workshops being run by the St Bride Foundation. An electronic copy of this issue (in PDF format) may be downloaded from here.
The following publications are currently in print:
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, 17521828, 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)
A Specimen of Printing Types, 1796, by S. & C. Stephenson. Together with Sale Catalogue of the British Letter-Foundry, 1797. With an introduction by James Mosley. ISBN 0 900003 10 3 £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 18001850, compiled with an introduction by Michael Twyman. ISBN 0 900003 05 7 £10 (members £5)
A Directory of London Printers, 18001840 by William B. Todd. ISBN 0 900003 04 9 £15 (members £7.50)
Printing Patents: Abridgments of Patent Specifications... 16171857. 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 15, and from PHN 6 Paul W. Nash became editor. PHN is currently appearing four times per year, and comes with membership of the Society.
PHN - Download back-issues
You may download back-issues of Printing History News from here.
Journal list - New Series
Volumes of the New Series are mostly available to purchase, £ 16 each (members £ 8).
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. 16221676): a poor printer in seventeenth-century London, Jason McElligott.
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, 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 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 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 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.
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 18831915, 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. We regret that this issue is now out of print.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 15 (2010) contains the following articles: 'Multicolour printing: the ‘Jean Berté’ watercolour printing process', Nan Ridehalgh; and 'Dream reading? Designing and using Victorian gardening catalogues', Paul Dobraszczyk.
Journal, New Series 16 (2010) contains the following article: 'The use of Hebrew in the Antwerp Polyglot Bible', Stephen Lubell.
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”.
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”.
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 17961850, 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 18001859, part I [parts 2 & 3, Journal 5 & 6], Elizabeth M. Harris.
5. 1969. The Columbian press, James Moran; Anastatic printing for Sir Thomas Phillips, Geoffrey Wakeman; George Friend 18811969: 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 18151845, 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 16011700, 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 19511981, 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.