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Progressive Exercises in Typography

Excerpt from Progressive Exercises in Typography: A Text for the School Print Shop and the Apprentice Printer This book of exercises has been prepared to aid in the instruction of apprentices and pupils in printing. Each exercise is worded as simply as possible in order that it may be easily understood by the inexperienced printer. They may be followed as written, or similar compositions, which may be needed, may be substituted. It is suggested that the lessons be used as an outline and practical jobs of printing substituted in the order in which they would regularly come in the outline. The course, as planned, leads the beginner from the very simplest exercise, step by step, through properly succeeding work which will give him experience in the essentials of printing. It is expected that he will follow the jobs through and perform each successive operation to the completed job and the final distribution of the type. It would be well to have each exercise set in a different manner, using various series of type and varying measures. A notebook or scrapbook should be kept which will contain samples of work done by all members of the class or shop, together with work collected from other printing establishments. The notebook should contain the following: 1 All notes in ink.2 Complete notes on information given by instructor in class period.3 Proof marks.4 Copy and Layout for each printed production.5 First proof, showing corrections made by student without aid of instructor.6 Second proof, with student's proof corrections and those of instructor.7 Third proof, showing instructor's OK.8 Sample of the completed job.9 Estimate of time required to do the job before it is begun.10 Actual time taken to do the job reckoned after it is finished.11 Each student is expected to carry each job through from composition, layout, lock-up, make-ready, cutting stock, and running press, to the completed product. He should learn the cost of production and cost of stock used, as in a commercial shop, and make his own estimate of the cost of job. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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