Movable Types: Roving Creative Printers of the Victorian World

Movable Types: Roving Creative Printers of the Victorian World

by David Finkelstein


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This is a study of international print networks developed across the English-speaking world over a significant part of the long nineteenth century. The first study of its kind, it draws on unique sources from Australasia, North America, South Africa, the British Isles, and Ireland, to explore how printers interacted and shared trade and cultural identities across international boundaries during the period 1830-1914. Morality, mobility, mobilisation, and solidarity were central to how compositors and print trade workers defined themselves during this period. These themes are addressed in case studies on roving printers, striking printers, and creative printers. The case studies explore the cultural values and trade skills transmitted and embedded by such actors, the global networks that enabled print workers to travel across continents in search of work and experience, the trade actions reliant on mobilization and information-sharing across the printing world, and the creative ideas that printers shared through such means as memoirs, poetry, prose, and trade news contributions to print trade journals and other public outlets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198826026
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/17/2018
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David Finkelstein was Head of the Centre for Open Learning at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to that he was Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee. A specialist print culture studies and media history, he is author of works such as The House of Blackwood: Author-Publisher Relations in the Victorian Era (2002), An Introduction to Book History (2006), and Print Culture and the Blackwood Tradition, 1805-1930 (2006), the latter of which was awarded the Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize for its contribution to the study of periodical press history.

Table of Contents

1. Roving Printers: International Printer Migration, Skills Exchange, and Information Flow, 1830-1914
2. Striking Printers: Print Trade Disputes and the Nine Hour Movement, 1870-1880
3. Creative Printers: Labour Laureates and the Typographical Trade Press, 1840

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