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oprion's picture
Joined: 15 Nov 2007 - 12:15pm
Typesetting the old way

My attempts of setting and printing a page (really just a snippet of a page) of Latin Vulgate the old-fashioned way. The captions are in Russian , but there's nothing new in them for seasoned typophiles :)


A few notes:

Sadly, my fount does not contain a set of ligatures, long s's, half r's and other fraktur niceties.

I am printing with just a single roller, as the other one swelled up and needs replacing (actually, both of them do, but triple-inking with just the one works for now).

Our eagle-eyed masters will undoubtedly notice that the sorts are added to the composing stick from the wrong end. This is because the matter is already set at this point, and I am just correcting the mistakes.

Missing from the video, are steps for creating hand-made paper, painting of the floral borders and illumination of the hand-drawn initials.

Hope you enjoy it!

afonseca1974's picture
Joined: 3 Oct 2007 - 5:34am

"Hope you enjoy it!"

I sure did!


oprion's picture
Joined: 15 Nov 2007 - 12:15pm

Oh well, might as well provide the translation

The Main title reads:
Pillowface Press
Letterpress shop of Ivan Gulkov

Lead Vulgate

The black title: Black Art
Setting lead fraktur, chase lockup, printing the first ink

Caption1: Sorts are set in a composing stick
Caption2: Form is locked up in a metal chase
Caption3: Tacky printing ink spread on the disk
Caption4: The first color-run is always easier

The red title: Cinnabar and gold
Printing the second color (rubrication)

Caption1: The second color requires precise registration

The end.

Georg Kraus's picture
Joined: 18 Sep 2006 - 9:38am

Thank you very much for posting. ^^
Very nice, indeed.

The videos are from www.druckerey.de from Martin Z. Schröder

Do you want to hear the sound of a real Viktorian?
It has a foot pedal.

Some weeks ago he got a OHT, now its easier:

If you need any articles out of lead letters, please let me know:

Regards and Gott grüß die Kunst


oprion's picture
Joined: 15 Nov 2007 - 12:15pm

@ Georg

Good thing I am not a clunkie, or I'd definitely run off with that Heidelberg.
What a beauty!