Monthly Archives: August 2013

How it works: Printing Processes A Ladybird Book

Printing Processes cover 1971

Cover

How it works: Printing Processes A Ladybird Book

By David Carey and illustrations by BH Robinson. Ladybird Books Ltd 1971

I do love old Ladybird books and I came across this again* today for 50p in a charity shop. This is a surprisingly in-depth book about printing processes. I can’t imagine a children’s reference editor being able to get something equivalent through an Acquisitions meeting today…

This is a linotype setting machine.

The linotype process

The linotype process

A piece about galleys and proofs. Who remembers galleys?

galleys and proofs

galleys and proofs

This section is about offset litho.

offset-litho printing

offset-litho printing

How the book was made.

How this book was made

How this book was made

Finishing and binding. I talked about this a bit in this post.

Making up and finishing processes

Making up and finishing processes

And finally a handy list of proof-correction marks.

Proof correction marks

Proof correction marks

* I picked this up a few years ago, but took it to work for the Production department’s entertainment and education!

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World Cities – Yesterday and Today (a book of maps)

Cover of World Cities Yesterday and Today

Cover

World Cities Yesterday and Today by Michael Swift Published in 2009 by Fall River Press

This is not an old book, but a book of old maps. According to the cover there are over 250 maps and satellite images. There are over 50 cities covered. All have a satellite image with the area the old maps cover highlighted in different colours. Some cities might only have one map, some have several.

Now I love an old map, so this is heaven for me. Lovely to browse though, but I can imagine a good reference book for a writer of historical fiction (or non fiction even).

Here are three of the maps.
This one is Edinburgh early 18th Century

Edinburgh from World Cities maps

Edinburgh

Here’s New York 1821

New York from World Cities maps

New York

Paris c.1700

From World Cities Maps

Paris

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