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Talk : Stan Nelson: A surprising diversity, the type founder’s hand-mould through 400 years

This year’s annual Justin Howes Memorial Lecture given on behalf of St Bride Library to be given by printing historian Stan Nelson.
What History, Printing methods, Type technology
When Apr 28, 2015 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

St Bride Foundation
Fleet Street 
EC4Y 8EQ London
United Kingdom

Tickets: £5 available here.

The hand-mould is arguably the most important invention in the history of Western printing. Once its principles had been established in the fifteenth century, they changed very little.

But the details of the mould, and the manner in which it was used, evolved over the centuries. By the mid 19th century, it allowed for as many as six hundred sorts to be cast per hour. It was only at this point that the hand-mould was superseded by other technologies, which automated the process of type-casting.

Stan Nelson is a printing historian and practical typefounder, who has made his own punches, matrices and moulds as part of the proces sof understanding this vital technology. He retired from the Smithsonian Institution in 2003 and has written and lectured extensively.


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