Visit to Germany

30 May 2008

Chinese casesThese cases for setting Chinese type are in the Museum of the Printing Arts in Leipzig which Phil was fortunate enough to visit a couple of weeks ago. As well as a vast array of type and matrices they have an enormous collection of typesetting and printing machines from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They are all beautifully restored, not as heritage artifacts but for working. They are oiled and, where necessary wired up, and their bare metal parts are clean but not overly-shiny.

If he had to choose highlights they would be

  • the B1 swing cylinder letterpress machine
  • the Soviet version of a Linotype machine
  • the telex-operated Linotype for transatlantic publications
  • an enormous stone litho machine
  • a large and fascinating exhibition of the work of Hans Madersteig and the Officina Bodoni
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