medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

From: Tom Izbicki <[log in to unmask]>

> Galley proofs looked different from actual pages.  I recall them as long 
sheets of paper, more like legal pages.  Then you got more 
normal-looking page proofs for final approval.

yes, that's what i suspected.

seems like i've seen those, sometime in the '50s when a friend's father was
publishing a book.
> A publishing friend once commented on how much his firm saved by 
eliminating the galley-proof phase.

i *think* that the galley-proof practice goes way back to the beginning of

the "proofs" were pulled from the composited type blocks and given to the
proofreaders to correct --i.e., an "edition" of jsut a very, very few copies
was printed.

the type blocks were taken out of the press and kept together while the
proofing process proceded.

then the actual type had to be corrected, following the proof corrections, and
replaced in the press for the real print run (500 copies or so, early on). 

this meant both an extra expense in labor --moving the blocks about, on and
off the press-- and also in material, since the typeblocks had to be kept
together during the proofing, thus tying up vast quantitites of type.

how stereotyping (introduced in the early 19th c.) and the Lineotype (later
19th c.?) would have effected this process, i don't know.

nowadaze, with offset printing and digital typography, the savings would be
massive indeed, i should think.

so, howscome the retail price of books doesn't reflect --in the slightest--
these *massive* savings in costs brought on by the Technological Revolution??


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