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Re: NEWS: Printing on the Iron Handpress

I live in hope. We have had a copy of this book on order with you for a
long time. When will copies be shipped? -tb

At 03:20 PM 3/3/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Oak Knoll Press and The British Library are proud to announce one of its
>newest publications:
>A definitive printing manual for printing students, private presses and
>printing historians!
>By Richard-Gabriel Rummonds
>"Anyone who stays the course and follows to the end the directives given
>here can count on acquiring a consummate, tried and true method for handling
>an instrument that has never been surpassed, that still calls for a
>printer's full participation, physical as well as mental, in order to
>achieve the best work of which he is capable."
>- Harry Duncan
>A master printer, Richard-Gabriel Rummonds has written a work destined to
>become a standard text on the art of fine printing. Students, printers and
>printing historians will find this new book gratifying, enlightening and
>extremely instructive. Filling the need for a systematic, step-by-step
>manual for using this time-honored piece of equipment, this award-winning
>printer and author presents how to print on the iron handpress in
>comprehensive and thorough detail.
>Rummonds' instruction has been gained from over 30 years of experience
>working with such presses at the Plain Wrapper Press and the University of
>Alabama. Drawing his inspiration from historical practices and modifying
>them for the needs of contemporary printers, Rummonds teaches handpress
>operators how to achieve optimum results by following certain methods of
>Rummonds lays out this manual by covering all the materials involved and
>step-by-step, various different ways to achieve the same result - to make a
>distinct, substantial and evenly inked impression on damp paper. Realizing
>that there is more than one way to print, the author concentrates on methods
>that can be repeated with a reasonable amount of success and dependability
>as well as serving as a point of departure for experimentation.
>With a Foreword by Harry Duncan, Rummonds' work is divided into thirty-three
>chapters: The Handpress Studio, The Iron Handpress and Its Parts, Setting Up
>the Iron Handpress, Iron Handpress Maintenance, Covering the Tympan and the
>Frisket, Determining the Basic Packing, Packing the Front of the Tympan,
>Packing the Back of the Tympan, Typography, Book Design, Dummies,
>Positioning the Chase in the Bed, Imposing, Building the Skeleton, Building
>a Form, Locking Up a Form, Positioning the Points, Making Register,
>Balancing the Fall of the Platen, Makeready, Preparing the Frisket for
>Printing, Selecting the Right Paper, Preparing the Paper, Dampening the
>Paper, Drying Down the Paper, Inking, Presswork, Printing on Vellum,
>Printing Multiple Colors, Printing with Gold Leaf, Printing Illustrations
>with Text, Drying and Pressing Printed Sheets, and Preparing Books for the
>Binder. This work also contains over 400 illustrations and technical
>diagrams meticulously drawn by George Laws and 37 photographs of famous,
>well-known, historical and contemporary fine printers at their presses. End
>materials include an extensive glossary/index, bibliography, and a list of
>suppliers. Published by Oak Knoll Press and The British Library.
>1998, 8 x 11 inches, illustrated, 494 pages.
>Hardcover: ISBN 1-884718-39-6 / ORDER# 48848-T4 / PRICE $75.00 + shipping
>Paperback: ISBN 1-884718-40-X / ORDER# 48849-T4 / PRICE $49.95 + shipping
>Available in North & South America through Oak Knoll Books.
>Available outside North & South America through The British Library.
>Publishing date: April 1998
>For orders in the US, please add $4.00 s&h for the first volume and $0.75
>for any additional volumes. For single orders outside the US, please add
>$5.50 s&h or contact us for shipping information. Books are shipped within 7
>business days via UPS Ground, the Post Office or IPC. Special delivery is
>available upon request at extra charge.
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