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SOCIETY LIBRARY LIBBY GREEN (10855)


           aper copies of the updated BPS    screen printing at the Bern and Biel
           Library catalogue will be available at   School of Design in Switzerland and
       Pthe Bournemouth Convention and       his book “recounts the forgotten his-
       thereafter on request from the Librarian.   tory of screen printing in the first half of
       The online catalogue will also be revised to   the 20  century”.
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       include all new additions. Please do look at   The chapters in the book are Techni-
       it and think about borrowing some books   cal foundations, Stencilling techniques of
       over the coming months. The cost to you   the 19  and 20  centuries, Origins of the
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       will be the return postage and the risk of   screen printing process in the USA, Tech-
       being asked to write a review of your loan   nical developments in screen printing,
       for Small Printer!                    From the USA to Europe, The World War 2
         Two additions to the new catalogue   era and Special applications. The book is
       represent opposite ends of the spectrum of   of necessity largely about the US because
       printing history.                     that is where screen printing evolved
         Whilst idly browsing through Oxfam’s   but it does, as indicated above, also cover
       online book shop (as one does!) I came   Europe, and the generous donor of the
       across a book which I was unable to resist   book to our library was Richard E Nixon
       purchasing for the Society. Entitled Print-  who did research into British archives
       ers’ and Publishers’ Devices in England and   for Mr Lengwiler.
       Scotland 1485 to 1640, written by Ronald B   Screen printing was developed as a
       McKerrow and published by The Biblio-  functional method of meeting the demand
       graphical Society in 1949, it is a reprint of a   of the advertising and printing indus-
       reference book first published in 1913 and   tries in the early 20  century and evolved
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       is, as the title indicates, a collection of early   eclectically as different needs arose. It
       marks and devices of printers and publish-  became more and more widely used as the
       ers resident in England and Scotland from   properties of inks evolved alongside the
       the introduction of printing until 1640.   increasing range of substrates available to
       It contains 428 facsimiles (which are in   be printed upon and the lavish illustrations
       themselves a delight to look at as beautiful   in the book reflect that evolution.
       and intricate examples of printers’ blocks),   You can browse the book, enjoying
       descriptions of each and notes about many   some beautiful and fascinating images
       of the printing houses working during the   and learning from the plethora of histori-
       period covered by the book.           cal photographs and pictures but you can
         I’m not sure how useful this book will be   also read it from beginning to end whilst
       to current printers but, having become in-  relishing the illustrations which embel-
       trigued by printers’ marks at an exhibition   lish every page.
       of incunabula at Lanhydrock House last   It is, literally, a very heavy book weighing
       year, I am sure that anyone with an eye for   nearly three kilos so it will not be avail-
       the aesthetic aspects of historical printing   able for postal loan from the BPS library
       will find it interesting.             in the usual way. It will be on the Library
         Last year we were donated a copy of   stand during Convention weekend but if
       Guido Lengwiler’s A History of Screen   you are keen to borrow it and will not be at
       Printing – how an art evolved into an   Bournemouth please contact me so that we
       industry. The author is a teacher of   can discuss options.
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