The Biography of Ottmar Mergenthaler: Inventor of the Linotype (A New Edition, with added Historical Notes Based on Recent Findings)

By: Schlesinger, Carl; Elizabeth Harris, intro.

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Book Condition: Near Fine


Hardcover with dust jacket, green cloth with gilt titles, 18 by 26 cm, xviii 125 [1] pp., illus., reproduction of an 1886 page from Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune in pocket on rear pastedown. The book is near fine with a previous owner’s name on the ffep; Tribune repro is fine; jacket is very good with heavy fading on the spine panel. Ftrom the front flap: “The year was 1898. Ottmar Mergenthaler, world famous inventor of the Linotype machine, was dying of tuberculosis. Too weak to hold a pen, the inventor, whose ingenious breakthrough had made possible cheaper and larger newspapers and books, still burned with a desire to tell you his life story to the world […] Painstakingly, Mergenthaler reconstructed his incredible career, one marked by brilliant achievements and bitter disappointments. At last the book was finished. It was privately printed and given to friends […] In this book the inventors riveting Biography is reprinted, exactly as he approved it 90 years ago. There is also the description of a major historical event: the installation of the first Linotypes at the New York Tribune. In that article the severe composing room conditions of 100 years ago are described, with operators breathing noxious fumes, working in stifling heat, etc.”

Title: The Biography of Ottmar Mergenthaler: Inventor of the Linotype (A New Edition, with added Historical Notes Based on Recent Findings)

Author Name: Schlesinger, Carl; Elizabeth Harris, intro.

Categories: Books on Books, Typography,

Publisher: New Castle, DE, Oak Knoll Books: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 3448