The printing of The Bricks of Venice

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Once all is ready, the printing can begin. So far the book has been about a year in preparation, starting with the original concept and the author's copy and watercolours. Now the time must come for the metal to hit the paper! Ink is applied to the big inking roller which is driven by an electric motor.

This is now the opportunity to get the packing right. Although type is always the same height, paper varies in thickness, and this Magnani is a particularly thick paper, so I have to experiment with packing (sheets of varying thickness wrapped round the cylinder of the press) until I achieve the amount of 'bite' that I want. There is a balance to be struck between inking and packing, so the ink is built up until it has the right colour on the page.

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