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Pen, print and communication in the eighteenth century$
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Caroline Archer-Parré and Malcolm Dick

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789622300

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789622300.001.0001

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Private Pleasures and Portable Presses

Private Pleasures and Portable Presses

Do-It-Yourself Printers in the Eighteenth Century

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Pen, print and communication in the eighteenth century

Caroline Archer-Parré

Liverpool University Press

In the eighteenth century, non-indentured individuals began to infiltrate the typographic profession and to print for pleasure and sometimes for profit. In doing so they blurred the demarcations between the professional and the layman and, in some instances, challenged the Master Printer at his own game. This chapter considers how printing, one of the most highly skilled, closely policed and most threatening of all the trades became, during the eighteenth century, a craft widely pursued by amateurs. It considers the changing complexion of the lay printer; reflects on what they produced, their motivations for so doing, and the intellectual and technological environment that enabled the emergence of the amateur printer at this time.

Keywords:   amateur, Baskerville, craft, gentlemen, printers, printing presses, printing, trade, type, typographic

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