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Manual Typesetter, 19th Century

Manual Typesetter, 19th Century

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29.0 x 34.3 cm ⏐ 11.4 x 13.5 in (300dpi)

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During much of the letterpress era, movable type was composed by hand for each page. Cast metal sorts were composed into words, then lines, then paragraphs, then pages of text and tightly bound together to make up a form, with all letter faces exactly the same height to paper , creating an even surface of type. The form was placed in a press, inked, and an impression made on paper. During typesetting, individual sorts are picked from a type case with the right hand, and set into a composing stick held in the left hand from left to right, and as viewed by the setter upside down.

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