Before proceeding with the text block, I’ve decided to do a prospectus, using the text I’ve set already as the sample page. I’m now dissing the Wayzgoose Mattress poem to free up all my 14 point type so that I can set the ‘pitch’ and the sales info that will go on the back page of the prospectus. Yesterday I chopped and trimmed 50 sheets of Mi-Teintes to print 100.
The prospectus is designed to give the prospective buyer and idea of the book in abbreviated form; it shows the typography, a sample of illustrations if any, the type of paper and, of course, a sample of the text. It is also an opportunity for the printer to ‘warm up’ before tackling the edition.
Shown below is the paper ready to be dampened, and on top, the page layout guide: my compass, to be followed scrupulously, without deviation… subject to exception, of course!Letterpress printing, Paper
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