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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3

Our Exchanges

page 53

Our Exchanges.

In the Copenhagen Meddelelser, under the heading of « A Copenhagen Printing-house of the Olden Time, » Hr. J. Davidsen, a veteran journalist, gives some very interesting reminiscences of an office of the primitive style, conducted by one Köpping, at which he was apprenticed in 1826. Typographische Jahrbücher (Julius Mäser, Leipzig), is a large octavo, finely-printed, and well-supported, containing neatly-displayed advertisements from most of the leading German manufacturing houses. The number before us contains three two-color supplements, printed in faultless register (without points) on a press of German manufacture.

Two numbers of the Art Printer are to hand. In No. 4 are two notable illustrations—a pretty flower, in rule-work, by a German artist, and a portrait worked simply from an overlay. The actual block is a uniform tint in horizontal lines; but the unequal pressure of the overlay has converted it into a ghostly but perfectly recognizable portrait. The pressman who cut the overlay is an artist in his line. No. 5 has for frontispiece a fine plate by the Moss Engraving Company, representing Lieut. Greeley and his men on board the Arctic exploring ship Bear. Some specimens of embossed work are shown—borders and devices worked from type without ink, to combine with the general design, and pressed deeply into the paper. We do not admire the effect. It is « rough » on the type in the first place, there is a want of delicacy and sharpness in the work, and worst of all, it breaks the fibre of the paper at the points and edges of the design. There is an excellent specimen of a dissected job in rule-work—the eighth of a series, and the criticisms on the design are very just.

The Inland Printer for March contains an article by Mr James E. Munson, containing valuable historical particulars concerning experiments in unit-made types. For reasons already given in our articles on type standards, we consider his proposed system—the unit to be one-eighth of the lower-case em, condensed or expanded—a faulty one. Mr McLean, President of the Illinois Press Association, discourses on the moral tone of the press—a subject which has caused some discussion in this country of late.