Traite elementaire de l'imprimerie


Traite elementaire de l'imprimerie
Published in 1793 by Antoine Francis Momoro, an important French printer and typographer. Traite is a printer's manual that was highly regarded and quickly became a classic. This work bolstered Momoro's credentials and paved the way for him to become one of the best printers in the French capital. Traité élémentaire de l'imprimerie is one of the most important French manuals for printing and includes the history of printing (up to 1793), the different types and parts of the printing press, and the operations of printing. It was the first printer's manual to be arranged alphabetically as an encyclopedia. Traité also includes system of approbations and permissions governing publishing during the Ancien Régime as well as the economics of the printing trade in the revolutionary period. The plates within the volume beautifully illustrate the principle operations and tools of printing, constructional details of the press, as well as the tools and processes used during bookmaking. The 1793 volume is the rarer version of this edition as unsold sheets were re-issued in 1796 with a cancel title, which is the more common form.

Located in the Rare Books collection (RBX) {Z118.5.M666 1793a}