‘A Contemplation Upon the Mystery of Man’s Regeneration in Allusion to the Mystery of Printing.
A poem, Extracted from The History of the Art of Printing’ by James Watson, Edinburgh, 1713
Reprinted/published – Christopher Wakeling, autumn 2009
Hand-set and printed in Stempel Foundry types: 10, 12, 18 & 20 point Palatino. Poem text printed in grey with aqua blue titling on title page on Somerset Book paper; glossary printed in black on Hahnemuhle green papers; wrap covers on Hahnemuhle grey with tipped-on label, printed with 12 point squares making an abstract image of a ‘common press’. Printed by hand using a Cropper platen press. Hand-sewn and fnished. 16 + 4 pages.
A personal project to design, set-up in type and print a limited number (75 copies) of James Watson’s ode to the art and craft of printing, frst printed in 1713 in his The History of the Art of Printing. The poem is accompanied by a glossary of early printing terms, many of which have become obsolete as technical and printing house terminology. With a growing interest in letterpress printing, this terminology is worthy of reappraisal. The glossary includes quotations from Joseph Moxon’s Mechanik Exersices, one of the frst books in English for the printer as an ‘instructor’.