Glossary

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  • Ink-balls
  • Impression
  • Imposition
  • Incunabula
  • Initial
  • Intaglio
Ink-balls. Plate of the Encyclopédie ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers by Diderot and d'Alembert. Musée de l'Imprimerie de Lyon, inv 1286 19

Ink-balls

A pair of ink-balls was used to transfer ink onto the form. Each was made of leather (generally sheep's leather) stuffed with wool or horsehair, and fitted with a wooden handle. Balls were dismantled and reassembled each day.

Impression

Slight embossing left on paper by metal type presses during the printing process.

Printing. Imposition. Plate of the Encyclopédie ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, by Diderot and d'Alembert. Musée de l'Imprimerie de Lyon, inv 1286 6

Imposition

Arrangement of pages on the printed sheet so they appear in the right sequence after folding.

Incunabula

Works printed using moveable type between 1453 and 1500. The term "printed book" is used for works created from 1501 onwards.

Initial

A letter at the beginning of the work, chapter, or paragraph that is sometimes decorated.

Intaglio

Umbrella term covering printmaking techniques using an incised metal plate. Intaglio techniques include engraving, etching, drypoint, aquating and mezzotint.