As against scholarship of literary celebrity that has implicated industrial printing processes in the alienation of likeness that defines celebrity, Egan insists on the special relevance of the handpress
processes still disseminating Byron's books, which foregrounded a contradiction between their promise of the "noumenal, transcendent interiority" of an author and their "unstable particulars." Partly, Byron's story is one of rare but disastrous intervention in his "material conditions of publication," or his failure to stabilize inappropriately private subject matter via the authority of expensive print processes (177).
And so the ingenious American and British engineers featured in this volume found ways to apply rotary power to presses that were based on the iron handpress
It is exceedingly rare to see an original handpress
book in an intermediate stage of production, what is technically called a book in sheets.
In Lilliat's book, Knight argues, the "malleable, recombinant text of the handpress
era" acted as a "template for composing" (88).
A brief example of his knotty wordplay can be seen in this description of printing during the handpress
See also Nicholas Pickwoad, "Books for Reading: Commercial Bindings in Parchment and Paper in the Era of the Handpress
," in Great Bindings from the Spanish Royal Collections, lS-21st Centuries, ed.
Pressed pellets of pure PANI and PANI/MMT composite were prepared using LECO handpress
(applied pressure 28 MPa) at room temperature, without any lubrication and without any binder.
In the kitchen, they experiment with old-fashioned cooking gadgets like flour grinders, a handcrank ice cream maker, and a handpress
It was my duty to light the fire, sweep the floor, twirl the roller on an old Washington handpress
, turn the crank for the power press on publication day, fold the papers, deliver routes, paste bills, and incidentally set type--for all of which I received the munificent sum of $20 the first year, $40 the second year, $60 the third year, and $80 the fourth year, and the privilege of boarding with the boss." (3)
Using her own illuminated lettering and a combination of woodblocks, handpress
printing, and watercolors, Andrea Wisnewski brings this historical story to life in vivid medieval detail, decorating each page of text with manuscript-like borders that reveal the exquisite eye for color and line that ancient scribes themselves displayed.
Illustrations from Of a Feather will be on show in the Gwasg Gregynog section of the University of Wales stand on the National Eisteddfod Maes, alongside a small handpress
where Gregynog printer Gerard O'Shea will be ready to help anyone who wants to print a souvenir featuring a stanza from the traditional song Ffarwel i Blwy' Llangower with their own name on it.
In these and other issues readers can expect to see renewed interest in questions involving the transmission of texts, especially during the handpress
and early machine-press periods, and an awareness of the historical forces that condition the production of literature and of textual scholarship itself.