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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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