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[BKARTS] FS: Stephenson, Blake & Company's story is finally here

Dear Book Arts member,

New from Oak Knoll Press & The British Library . . .

The last of the Old English Typefounders
by Roy Millington


"The is the first comprehensive history on this major contributor to 
typography history. "

This is the story of how Stephenson, Blake & Company became
the most significant typefounder and printers' equipment supplier
in Britain and the Commonwealth.

Back in 1818, three skilled craftsmen set up a business as
typefounders in the provincial town of Sheffield in Yorkshire.
Little did they realize that they were establishing a family
business that would one day dominate the British type-
founding industry.

The rise of Stephenson, Blake & Company spans five generations
and many technological innovations. The first major threat to their type
founding empire was Ottmar Merganthaler's on-site type maker, the Linotype,
in the 1890's. The second was the advent of computerized typesetting in the
mid 20th century, which became the deathblow to the industry. How the firm met
these challenges is a fascinating read.

Illustrated with many rare photos and type specimens.

Roy Millington has had a lifetime involvement with
Stephenson, Blake & Company, Limited. For over 30 years he was
the company’s honorary archivists and librarian.
Co-published with The British Library.

2003, hardcover, 7" x 10", 246 pages, 55 illustrations
ISBN 158456086X , Order No. 71824 -EM Price $49.95

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Sales rights: Worldwide except in UK. Available in UK from The British Library

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