An Essay on the Origin and Progress of Stereotype Printing

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1820 - Stereotyping (Printing) - 178 pages
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Page 120 - If this were wholly separated from all our outward sensations and inward thoughts, we should have no reason to prefer one thought or action to another ; negligence to attention ; or. motion to rest. And so we should neither stir our bodies. nor employ our minds, but let our thoughts (if I may so call it) run a-drift, without any direction or design; and suffer the ideas of our minds, like unregarded shadows, to make their appearances there, as it happened, without attending to them. In which state...
Page 47 - ... man, became so convinced of its practicability and excellence, that he entered into partnership with him in order to carry it on. They took out patents in both England and Scotland, and printed several small volumes from stereotype plates, the impressions of which were sold to the booksellers without any intimation of their being printed out of the common way. A few years afterwards Dr. Tilloch discovered, that, although he had invented stereotype printing, yet he was but a second inventor, and...
Page 120 - Thus heat, that is very agreeable to us in one degree, by a little greater increase of it proves no ordinary torment; and the most pleasant of all sensible objects, light itself, if there be too much of it, if increased beyond a due proportion to our eyes, causes a very painful sensation: which is wisely and favourably so ordered by nature, that when any object does by the vehemency of its operation disorder the instruments of sensation, whose structures cannot but be very nice and delicate, We might...
Page 18 - Biographical Memoirs of William Ged, including a particular Account of his Progress in the Art of Block Printing.
Page 120 - It has, therefore, pleased our wise Creator, to annex to several objects, and the ideas which we receive from them, as also to several of our thoughts, a concomitant pleasure, and that in several objects, to several degrees; that those faculties which he had endowed us with, might not remain wholly idle and unemployed by us.
Page 120 - ... 4. Pain has the same efficacy and use to set us on work that pleasure has, we being as ready to employ our faculties to avoid that, as to pursue this : only this is worth our consideration, — that pain is often produced by the same objects and ideas that produce pleasure in us.
Page 52 - Tis yours to save us, if you cease to fear; Flight, more than shameful, is destructive here. On other works though Troy with fury fall, And pour her armies o'er our batter'd wall: There Greece has...
Page 26 - that both bibles and common prayer-books had been printed, but that the compositors when they corrected one fault made purposely half a dozen more, and the pressmen when the masters were absent battered the letter in aid of the compositors. In consequence of these base proceedings, the books were suppressed by authority, and the plates sent to the King's printing-house, and from thence to Mr. Caslon's foundry." After much ill usage, Ged, who appears to have been a person of great honesty and simplicity,...
Page 46 - Though we had reason to fear," says Mr. Tilloch, " from what we [afterwards] found Ged had met with, that our efforts would experience a similar opposition from prejudice and ignorance, we persevered in our object for a considerable time, and at last resolved to take out patents for England and Scotland, to secure...
Page 46 - Tilloch had the assistance and joint labour of Mr. Foulis, printer to the university of Glasgow. After great labour, and many experiments, these gentlemen " overcame every difficulty, and were able to produce plates, the impressions from which could not be distinguished from those taken from the types from which they were cast." " Though we had reason to fear,

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