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Printing History 21 on Press

Front and back cover of Printing History 21. (Michael Russem)

Here’s a peek at Printing History 21, the first issue produced by the team of Brooke Palmieri, editor; Michael Russem, publication designer; and Katherine Ruffin, Vice-President for Publications. 

The contents include an interview with Kseniya Thomas; the articles “Leonard Jay: A Pioneer of Printing Education” by Caroline Archer-Parré; “The Merrymount Janson Type and Matrices” by John Kristensen; and “The Electric Typesetter: The Origins of Computing in Typography” by John Labovitz. Book Reviews: Claire M. Bolton, The Fifteenth-Century Printing Practices of Johann Zainer, Ulm, 1473–1478; Ellen Mazur Thomson, Aesthetic Tracts: Innovation in Late-Nineteenth-Century Book Design; Richard-Gabriel Rummonds, Fantasies and Hard Knocks: My Life as a Printer; and Richard Kegler, The Aries Press of Eden, New York.

Printing History 21 was printed at PuritanCapital in Hollis, New Hampshire. The cover, shown here, was printed on a 14 × 20″ Heidelberg GTO, 5/c. The text was printed on a 40″ Komori S40, 6c. The stock is Mohawk Superfine Softwhite—the paper we’ve used since issue No. 1.

APHA members will receive their copies in the mail mid-month. 


  1. I am a fan of of print, and the first two magazines I received (for signing up in 2016) were well made. Articles were good as well. It is a pleasure to me to handle well printed and well bound print. Thanks.

  2. Thanks, Sean. We are glad you enjoyed them.

  3. Paul Moxon, Website Editor 9 February, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Welcome aboard, Sean. This is the beginning of an exciting new era for the journal.

  4. Stephen R. Whittaker 10 February, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Looks like another treasure for our collections!

  5. Thanks, Stephen.

  6. Congratulations on a wonderful new issue of Printing History! The articles are substantial and of great interest, the new design is very handsome, and the materials and production are top notch. I honestly have not enjoyed an issue of the Journal this much for many years. Both the content and appearance are wonderful. The editorial alone is worth the price, followed by really meaty articles on Ladies of Letterpress, the Janson types as used by Updike, as well as book reviews, etc. The illustrations are particularly well presented.
    One very teeny tiny quip: I’m surprised John Kristianson did not mention Poliphilus among the Monotype faces which Updike installed at The Merrymount Press. But that is a small blip compared to the overall quality of this excellent issue. Keep it up! Thank you, APHA (and Brooke & Michael–excellent work!)

  7. Thanks, Jerry. They worked really hard to make this first issue a good one.

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