Hansard’s manual is divided into two parts: historical (over 400 pages) and practical (over 500 pages). The large tome is a thorough investigation of the craft of printing from both angles, drawn to some extent from earlier works such as Stower’s Printer’s Grammar and Rowe Mores’ work on the English typefounders. Then-modern technologies such as stereotyping and lithography are covered in this comprehensive volume.
Hansard was not hesitant to express his opinions: he condemns modern types with very fine serifs (such as Bodoni and Didot), and praises (perhaps too much?) George Clymer’s Columbian Press.
LENDER: The Grolier Club