THE  OLD  PRINTING  TECHNOLOGY


Jean Pelichet

The old printing technology  
(the typographer shows the printed sheet)



    The complete demonstration lasts three quarters of an hour, because it consists in four parts:

– Presentation on the first book printed by Gutenberg and his collaborators;
– Inking and printing of a 18x24 cm sheet, on the Gutenberg press;
– Demonstration of hand casting (racks);
– Explanation of the cupper engraving (etching and intaglio).


   Moreover, each visitor becomes a small bag, that contains:

– a printed sheet by our press (similar to the one made during the demonstration);
– a sketch of the press (with the technical terms of the various parts of the press);
– a technical sheet (printing alloy, typographical measurements, older formats, etc.);
– and a double-sized little sheet, called «Origine graphique de l'alphabet».

   As well as :
– a technical note „Gutenberg and the 42 lines Latin Bible“ in english.


With the tab More info you can watch a short film of 13 minutes and get
a brief preview of the four technical notes that will be offered to you after the visit.