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Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4

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We have to thank several correspondents for cuttings of trade-items, of which, as they will see, we have availed ourselves.

The latest notion in Yankee advertising is a libel suit against the Lippincotts by a Boston company that manufactures a patent « food for infants and invalids. » The plaintiff claims $200,000 damages for the publication, in a medioal cyclopaedia, of an erroneous and misquoted analysis of the « food. »

Mr E. Menken, 65-66, Chancery Lane, London, W.C., sends us two more excellent volumes of Wyman's Technical Series. The first is « A Practical Manual of Typography, » by Arthur Oldfield, registered teacher in typography for the City and Guilds of London Institute, and is specially prepared as a text-book for technical classes. The work is clear, practical, and concise, and covers the whole ground of the typographic art as practised at present—an art so progressive that the best text-books in use in Typo's apprentice days are now obsolete. The work, which is published at 3s 6d, contains twenty-two chapters, appendix, and complete index; and is illustrated with diagrams of the latest improved materials and appliances. The author gives a suggested « lay » of the case, which—while a vast improvement on the old and barbarous system to which some printers still cling, of having the caps on the left-hand, at the top of the upper-case, is still open to criticism in many respects. We decidedly object to figures in the lower-case, after having giving the plan a fair trial years ago. They occupy ten of the most useful boxes, drive lowercase sorts and spaces into the upper-case, and are far too small when figures are used in any quantity. In casual work, the boxes above the caps are near enough—for table-work the ordinary cases are not adapted, and a figure-case is necessary. The author's advice on display, harmony of colors, arrangement of material, and office-management, is excellent; and the manual would prove a useful companion in any office, and if carefully studied would remove many difficulties.—The other little volume, which is published at 1s 6d, and has reached its second edition, is a glossary of over five hundred terms used in connexion with machine-printing. It is compiled by Mr F. J. F. Wilson, the author of « Typographic Machines and Machine-printing, » and is of peculiar interest and value, many of the terms being now for the first time collected and defined.