Paper on the Press
San Francisco, California
October 16-18, 2014

This joint conference explores the histories of paper as used by printers: we will consider the rapport between the type, presses, and papers available to printers from the beginnings of movable type until today. Attention could be drawn to how a new printing technology called for different papers, or how the availability of certain papers demanded certain presses.

The focus of the conference is on the inter-relationship between paper and printing, but topics specifically on paper are entirely welcome. The contemporary use of paper not only for letterpress printers but also for artist books and as works of art would be excellent topics to explore. We hope to find the convergences and overlaps between our two groups that would enhance each others' understanding of the properties and value of paper.

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Hosted by the The Friends of Dard Hunter (FDH), The American Printing History Association (APHA), and the San Francisco Center for the Book.