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Barnhart Brothers & Spindler / Pony specimen book and price list from Barnhart Bros. & Spindler, Incorporated: comprising a large variety of types, rules, borders, printing presses, paper and card cutters, bookbinding machinery, etc., together with valuable information to the craft
([1893] )

Specimens of newspaper and book faces,   pp. 15-21


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Specimens of Newspaper anb Zook Saces.
Cast from Superior Copper-Mixed Metal by Barnhart Bros. & Spindler, Chicago, Illinois.
E          Z     >    5 POINT NO. 4     (Pearl)
PRINTING is the art of producing impressions, from
characters or figures, on paper or any other substance.
There are several distinct branches of this important
art-s the printing of books with movable types, the
printing of engraved copper and steel plates, and the
taking of impressions from stone, called lithographing.
We have now to describe the printing of hooks or sheets
with movable types, generally called lotter-press print-
ing, and which may undoubtedly be esteemed the great-
est of all human inventions. The art of printing is of
comparatively modern origin only four hundred years
having elapsed since the first iook was issued from the
press; yet we have p roofs that the principles upon which
It was ultimately developed existed among the ancient
Assyrian nations. Entie9 and undecayed bricks of the
fanmed city and tower of Babylon have been found
stamped with various symbolic figures and hieroglyphic
characters. In this, however, as in any similar re ic of
antiquity, the object which stamped the figures was in
one block or p iece, and could therefore be employed
only for one distinct subject. This, though a kind of
punting, was totally Useless for the propagatin of lit-
erature, on account both of its expensiveness and tedi-
ousness. The Chinese are the only existing people who
still pursue this rude mode of printing by stamping
pap er with blocks of wood. The work whIch they in-
tend to have printed is, in the first place, carefully
written upon sheets of thin transparent paper; eIch of
these sheets Is glued, with the face downwards, upon a
thin tablet of hard wood; and the engraver then, wIth
proper instruments, cuts away the wood in all those
parts upon which nothing is traced; thus leaving in re-
lief the transcribed characters, and ready for printing.
In this way, as man, tablts are necesssary as there are
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5% POINT No. 4    (Agate)
PRINTING Is the art of producing Impressions,
from characters or figures, onpaper or any other
substance. There are several distinct branches of
this Important art-as the printing of books with
movable types, the prInting of engraved copper and
steel plates, and the taking of Impressions from
stone, called llthographing. We have now to de-
scribe the printing of books or sheets with movable
types, generally called letter-press prioting, and
which may undoubtedly be esteemed the greatest of
all human Inventions. The art of printing is of com-
garatively modern origin, only four hundred years
aving elapsed since the first book was issued from
the press; yet we have proofs that the principles up-
on which It was ultimately developed existed among
the ancient Assyrian nations. Entire and unde-
cayed bricks of the famed city and tower of Babylon
have been found stamped with various symbolic
figures and hieroglyphic characters. In this, how-
ever, as In any similar relic of antiquity, the object
which stamped the figures was in one block or piece.
and therefore could be employed only for one dis-
tinct subject. This, though a kind of printing, was
totally useless for the propagation of literature, on
account both of Its expensiveness and tediousness.
The Chinese are the only existing people who still
pursue this rude mode of printing by stamping paper,
with blocks of wood. The work which they intend
to have printed Is, in the first place, carefully written
upon sheets of thIn transparent paper; each ofthese
sheets is glued, with the face downwsards, upon a thin
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For prices of Body Type see page 4.
5YI POINT NO. 10 (Agate)
PRINTING is the art of producing impressions,
from characters or figures, on paper or any other
substance. There are several distinct branches of
this important art-as the printing of books with
movable types, the printing of engraved copper
and steel plates, and the taking of impressions
from stone, called lithographing. We have now
to describe the printing of books or sheets with
movable types, generally called letter-press print-
Ing, and which may undoubtedly be esteemed the
greatest of all human inventions. The art of print-
Ing is of comparatively modern origin, only four
hundred years having elapsed since the first book
was issued from the press; yet we have proofs
that the principles upon which it was ultimately
developed existed among the ancient Assyrian na-
tions. Entire and undecayed bricks of the famed
city and tower of Babylon have been found stamped
with various symbolic figures and hieroglyphic
characters. In this, however, as in any similar
relic of antiquity, the object which stamped the
figures was in one block or piece, and could there-
fore be employed only for one distinct subject.
This, though akind of printing, was totally useless
for the propagation of literature, on account both
of its expensivenes and tediousness. The Chinese
are the only existing people who still pursue this
rude mode of printing by stamping paper with
blocks of wood. The work which they intend to
have printed is, in the first place, carefully written
upon sheets of tin t asparent Paper; each of these
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Lower case, a to z, 1O ems.
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