Private pleasures and portable presses: do-it-yourself printers in the eighteenth-century

Archer-Parre, Caroline (2020) Private pleasures and portable presses: do-it-yourself printers in the eighteenth-century. In: Pen, print and communication in the eighteenth century. Eighteenth Century Worlds . Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, pp. 89-106. ISBN 9781789622300

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In the eighteenth century non-indentured individuals began to infiltrate the typographic craft and to print for pleasure and sometimes for profit. In doing so they blurred the demarcations between the professional and the layman and, in some instances, challenged the Master Printer at his own game. This chapter considers how printing, one of the most highly skilled, closely policed and most threatening of all the trades became, during the eighteenth century, a craft widely pursued by amateurs. It considers the changing complexion of the lay printer; reflects on what they produced, their motivations for so doing, and the intellectual and technological environment that enabled the emergence of the amateur printer at this time.

Item Type: Book Section
30 September 2020Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: print, press, printer, amateur, craft, Baskerville, type, typographic, craft, art
Subjects: CAH20 - historical, philosophical and religious studies > CAH20-01 - history and archaeology > CAH20-01-01 - history
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > College of Digital Arts
Depositing User: Caroline Archer
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 14:50
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 12:18

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