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    Personal Impressions
    The Small Printing Press in Nineteenth-Century America

    by Elizabeth M. Harris

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    • Format: hardcover, 200 pages
    • Language: english
    • ISBN: 9781567922684 (1567922686)
    • Release date: July 8, 2005
    • Author: Elizabeth M. Harris
    • Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher

    About The Book

    This complete, definitive, and richly illustrated survey of small nineteenth-century printing presses, written by a former curator at the Smithsonian Institution, is the first history of these machines. There was, in those days, a small printing press for every purpose. And there were innumerable boys and men eager to make their fortunes by investing in one, printing for a local clientele, and, with luck, building a printing or publishing empire.

    Printing was the most widespread, and competitive business of nineteenth-century America. Every city had not only its big presses for printing catalogues, books, and newspapers, but also countless smaller presses for printing small jobs — the pamphlets, posters, handbills, stationery, cards, and tickets that gave the century so much of its color. Several of the names we now count as giants of the publishing industry: Scribner, Doubleday, George Houghton of Houghton Mifflin, and Donald Brace of Harcourt Brace started out not as publishers, but as small-job printers, running their own shops and working humble, everyday, manually-operated presses.

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