The Imprint (printing trade periodical)
The Imprint was a periodical aimed at the printing trade, published in 9 issues from January to November 1913. The publishers were the Imprint Publishing Company, of 11 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London. Editors were F. Ernest Jackson, Edward Johnston, J. H. Mason, and Gerard Meynell of the Westminster Press, London, which was also the printer of the journal.
In addition to the editors, several notable printing practitioners wrote for the magazine, including Stanley Morison.
- 1 Subjects covered
- 2 Issues
- 3 Imprint Old Face
- 4 Reprint of the number one issue
- 5 References
- wood engraving
- children's books
- 18th-century song books
- liturgical books
- offset machinery
- printers' devices
- printing in Russia
- use of the Linotype machine
- artists including Lucien Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Honoré Daumier
The issues are dated thus:
February 17, 1913
March 17, 1913
April 17, 1913
- Jane Taylor & Ann Taylor with drawings by Rachel Marchall: The Vulgar Little Lady
- Arthur M. Hind, The woodcut portraits of Jan Lievens and Dirk de Bray
- J. B. Manson, Notes on some wood-engravings of Lucien Pissarro
- H. G. Webb, Noel Rooke, Jacques Beltrand & F. Ernest Jackson, Wood-engravings
- Edward Johnston, Decoration & its uses
- W. B. Dingley, Value of the shop window
- Everard Meynell, The plain dealer
- H. C., Colour Printing
- E. A., Linotype Troubles: some cures & remedies
- Daniel T. Powell, Two more plattens, the "Victoria" and the "Falcon"
- The value of good illustrating
- Notes, correspondence, reviews
- Rev. T. F. Dibdin, Printers' Devices, Supplement
May 17, 1913
June 17, 1913
- Donald Cameron-Swan, F.R.P.S., Pioneers of Photogravure
- Typoclastes, Plea for reform of printing
- J. Arthur Hill, Old books & their printers
- T. Edwards Jones, Edward Arber, F.S.A.
- Everard Meynell, The plain dealer: VI.
- Edward Johnston, Decoration & its uses, VI.
- Daniel T. Powell, The Hodgman Press
- Geo. H. Rayner, R.P.A., Printing & Patents
- Rev. T. F. Dibdin, Printers' devices. Part VI.
- Reviews, Notes and Correspondence
July 17, 1913
Reproductions by Photogravure and Offset
- J. H. Mason, Notes
- F. Ernest Jackson, Original Lithography of Walter Howard Hazell
- Alex. Bakshy, Art and Printing in Russia
- J. H. Mason, Letters and Language
- Everard Meynell, The Plain Dealer
- Harry A. Maddox, The inking of the forme
- Patents: Two important Specifications of the Month
- Rev. T. F. Dibdin, Printers' Devices Part VII.
August 27, 1913
- Stanley A. Morison, Notes on Some Liturgical Books
- Harold Monro, Broadsides
- C. D. Medley, The copyright act
- Edward Johnston, Decoration and its uses
- J. H. Mason, Reviews
- Everard Meynell, The plain dealer, VIII
- Daniel T. Powell, A perfecting machine
- G. H. Rayner, R.P.A., Printing and patents
- Rev. T. F. Dibdin, Printers' Devices Part VIII
November 27, 1913
Imprint Old Face
The name of the journal lives on in the typeface Imprint Old Face. This sturdy design, Caslon-like but with more regularity in its letterforms, was produced for the magazine (on a non-exclusive basis) in 1912 by the Monotype Company as Series 101 for automatic composition on the Monotype caster. When delivered to the journal's printers on December 31, 1912, it was still incomplete — the accents had not yet been made — so the editors asked in the first issue: “Will readers kindly insert them for themselves, if they find their omission harsh? For ourselves, we rather like the fine careless flavour, which their omission gives, after we have recovered from the first shock inevitable to us typographical precisians”.
Perhaps Imprint’s most notable use since then has been for the entire setting of the Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (1989), 22,000 pages of precisely structured typography in 20 volumes.
Reprint of the number one issue
- Walter Howard Hazell (1870–1929), of Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd
- The Monotype Chronicles 1907 – 1916
- The Imprint, January 1913, p. vi
- Fonts.com: Imprint Volume Archived 2011-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
- The Imprint, number one, reprinted for the Members of the Wynkyn De Worde Society, The Curwen Press, 1972