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Typeface: A History

Follow the history of typeface design and printing from its origins in China, Japan and Korea during the 8th century to the 20th century in the western world in this illustrated ebook.

Author: Geoffrey Fletcher
Publisher: Sydney Information Xchange
ISBN: 9780987263186

Typeface

Covering developments in Asia, France, Italy, England, Germany and America, this text provides a comprehensive overview of this fascinating topic.

[Excerpt]

Chinese, Japanese and Koreans first experimented with the art of printing. As early as the 8th century, one million copies of a charm were printed from wood blocks and distributed in temples throughout Japan; in 10th century China, the Confucian Classics were printed from wooden blocks. Gradually printing spread to the Mongolian Empire and then to Korea.

The Chinese also experimented with moveable type, moulded from ceramic. Pi Sheng is credited with the first developments in the 11th century.

Type was cast by forming a character in sticky clay, then baking the piece. Finished pieces were stuck into an iron grid using a mixture of pine resin, wax and paper ashes; a smooth board placed over the top and rubbed so that type sat evenly on the grid.

Although time consuming for printing limited copies, a pair of these type grids could be used to successfully mass produce pages.

But it was in Korea that the first developments of printing using metal type were made.

Updated: Monday, 17 March 2014


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A History of Typeface Design and Printing
By Geoffrey Fletcher

Follow the history of typeface design and printing from its origins in China, Japan and Korea during the 8th century to the 20th century in the western world. Covering developments in Asia, France, Italy, England, Germany and America, this text provides a comprehensive overview of this fascinating topic.

Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu. $US2.99