Wordsworth &c.


  • WHAT: W

  • WHEN: Pre-1900

  • WHO: The Un-Gyve Limited Group

  • WHERE: Boston

WOODBURY TYPE: Now obsolete, Woodbury Type is a photomechanical process developed in the 1860s to create true continuous-tone images, patented by Walter B. Woodbury in 1864. The technique was very difficult to master, couldn't be automated and the pre-press preparation of the lead printing plate required excessive hydraulic power, and the method was all but eliminated by the turn of the century. The Woodburytype process uses a gelatin relief impressed into a lead plate, creating a virtually identical mold relief. The lead mold is then filled with warm pigmented gelatin and a sheet of paper is laid on the mold and closed into a bookbinder's press. The sheet is removed when dried and the prints are trimmed of excess gelatin around the edges and mounted.

WOODCUT: Wood engraving relief printing process; the art of printing texts or illustrations, sometimes with colour, using wood blocks, as distinct from typography. Xylography

WORDSWORTH: William Wordsworth, Grasmere. Views of the Haunts and Homes of the British Poets, Oct. 19 1850.

N.B. The alphabet swatch colour is Winterlude from the Un-Gyve Palette.