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Your Tweets in the Library of Congress

By Joachim Koch. Apr 14, 2010. 11:23 AM.

Topics: Book Collecting, Book News

Entering new territory.  Amazing.  Speechless. Puzzled.  The following from the Blog of the Library of Congress, i.e., it must be true ?!  As this posting is being twitterized too, Library of Congress, here we come:


Kipling First Edition with author's poignant note found

By Joachim Koch. Apr 9, 2010. 12:50 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Nobel Prize Winners, Modern First Editions

A rare first edition of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, with a poignant handwritten note by the author to his young daughter, has been discovered.


Printmaking Processes: Screen Printing

By Joachim Koch. Apr 7, 2010. 1:00 AM.

Topics: Book Making, Learn About Books

Screen printing is a printmaking technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. A roller or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink past the threads of the woven mesh in the open areas.


Letterpress Printing - A Vocational Film

By Joachim Koch. Apr 5, 2010. 1:00 AM.

Topics: Book Making, Learn About Books

Letterpress printing is a form of relief printing of text and image using a press with a "type-high bed" printing press and movable type, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image.


A List of Bookish Firsts

By Joachim Koch. Apr 4, 2010. 6:17 AM.

Topics: Book History, Book Making

For joint record keeping, here's a list of bookish firsts:


Book Making in the early 20th century, hot metal typesetting

By Joachim Koch. Apr 2, 2010. 1:00 AM.

Topics: Book Making, Learn About Books

Hot metal typesetting (also called mechanical typesetting, hot lead typesetting, hot metal, and hot type) refers to 19th-century and early 20th century technologies for typesetting text in letterpress printing. This method injects molten type metal into a mold that has the shape of one or more glyphs. The cast metal elements are later used to press ink onto paper.


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