Printing at the University Press, Oxford, 1660-1780

Details of Volume III: 'Process: from author to book-seller'

 

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The third and final volume builds on the first two and details the process at the University Press that led from author's copy to printed and gathered sheets ready for sale.

It has the following contents:

Preface
Contents
Illustrations
References

INTRODUCTION
PREPARING A SPECIMEN
THE COMPOSITORíS WORK
    New type arrives
    Standing at case
    Pay and productivity
    Organising the setting
    The compositors
PROOF-READING AND CORRECTING
THE PRESS-MANíS WORK
    Beating and pulling
    Pay and productivity
    The press-men
THE WOOD ENGRAVERíS WORK
THE COPPER ENGRAVERíS WORK
    Engraving the sheet Almanack
    Engraving illustrations
THE ROLLING-PRESS MANíS WORK
    Pay and productivity
FROM PRESS-CREW TO BOOKSELLER
    Warehousing
    Shipping stock
    Binding
    Advertising
TIME & MONEY
    Conditions and perquisites
    John Hallís productivity figures
    Accounting for Delegatesí books
    Accounting for Authorsí books
    The cost of a book
    The time to make a book
MAINTENANCE AROUND THE PRESS
APPENDICES
    A bill to an editor
    Shared printing
Index

The book makes 208 pages and the page size is 276 mm by 216 mm, the same size as all our previous titles on Oxford University Press. The text is set in 12pt Monotype Van Dijck and 250 copies have been printed digitally on 148gsm Mohawk Superfine paper. The end-papers are also Mohawk Superfine. It contains eleven photographs of contemporary documents.

The de luxe edition contains an additional 32pp volume entitled Learning about Printing. When Bishop John Fell and his three partners took over the University Press in the early 1670s they knew little of the economics or practicalities of printing books and had a steep learning curve to climb. They were helped with advice from their foreman, John Hall, and we are fortunate to find in the Bodleian Library fourteen manuscripts by Fell, one of his partners Thomas Yate, and John Hall, in which they explore over several years those commercial and practical lessons. Although they no doubt initially saw themselves as would-be entrepreneurs, in the event they proved no match for the London Stationers who could undercut them and spoil their hopes of financing the publication of short-run learned texts through the bulk sale of text-books to the Stationers. Through the fourteen manuscripts I trace that journey.

BINDING A: Fifty de luxe copies are quarter-bound in dark brown leather with a paper specially marbled by Jemma Lewis on the boards. The additional volume has been printed letterpress in 12pt Monotype Van Dijck on an antique hand-made laid paper and case-bound in full brown cloth (32pp). The two volumes are presented in a cloth-covered slip-case also in brown cloth. £300.

BINDING B: The standard copies are case-bound in brown cloth, with a letterpress-printed dust-jacket of gold HahnemŁhle Bugra BŁtten; £105. Ten copies have been reserved in sheets for binders; £75.


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