Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4
Our contemporary, Paper and Press, always superb, has excelled itself in its last two issues. It is now divided into four departments—the Printer and Publisher, the Bookbinder, the Lithographer and Color-worker, and the Manufacturing Stationer—each with a color-printed - title-page on stout tinted art-paper. It is equivalent to four first-class trade journals in one cover, and all for one shilling monthly. Every page of this grand paper reveals possibilities of typography undreamt of ten or fifteen years ago.
The Artist Printer (St. Louis) makes a good start with its second volume. It appears to be a success.
The Superior Printer for March-April (just to hand) is a good number, and the beautiful tile-work border of the frontispiece could only have been executed by an artist such as Mr Earhart. We hope the publisher will send us another copy, this one being imperfect, pages 271-278 being deficient.
The American Bookmaker, with the July number, begins its eleventh volume. It contains a number of bookwork designs, and a portrait of the artist. The details of the designs, to our mind, show careless drawing; the face of the female figure on p. 5 is vacant in expression, and the process-work, in the imitation of chalk, is rough. The technical articles, as usual, are excellent.
The British, Printer for March-April (our own has not come, and we have had to borrow) contains a good process portrait of the late Mr William Blades, from a recent photograph. Among the practical articles we note a good paper on « Type Bodies » by Mr Henry Rush, of Altrincham. Its pages are full of practical hints and gems of type composition, introducing all the latest and prettiest type-novelties—home and foreign. The most useful feature of the May-June issue is an able practical paper on « The Making Beady of Picture Blocks, » by Mr S. M. Bateman, machine-foreman to Messrs Newman and Son, of Widegate-street. Mr Tom L. Mills contributes an article on New Zealand employing printers. The articles in this number are brightened by the new and exceedingly pretty antique initials of Messrs Schelter and Giesecke.
The Bookbinder (the only organ of the craft in England) having nearly completed its second volume has been purchased by Raithby and Lawrence, and will be run on similar lines to the British Printer. So far, it has not been very popular, having been, in the opinion of the new proprietors, « too academic » in style. It will in future be entitled the British Bookmaker. We are glad to see that this good English word—so long degraded by association with the turf—is regaining its true position.