Re: Is that character *+A7AC LATIN CAPITAL LETTER SCRIPT G ?

From: Asmus Freytag <>
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:50:05 -0800

On 1/10/2013 5:21 AM, Frédéric Grosshans wrote:
> Le 10/01/2013 11:08, Otto Stolz a écrit :
>> Hello,
>> le 09/01/2013 18:07, Frédéric Grosshans a écrit :
>>> Yes, but I actually don't know. I'd really like to have some idea on
>>> those old
>>> printing techniques, but I fear we're drifting to off topic subjects...
>> Am 2013-01-09 um 18:16 schrieb Frédéric Grosshans:
>>> Actually, the preceding tool combined with
>>> would be my best
>>> (uninformed) guess.
>> I’d rather guess, he used this technique:
>> <>.
>> I have used it myself, in the 70s, to insert all those
>> Greek symbols into the formulae in my Dipl.-Phys. thesis.
>> It renders much clearer glyphs than the mimeograph
>> technique.
> I don't think so, because it is a 'real book' (
> ), which was printed in enough exemplars to be available 6 decades
> later in several libraries and on sale on internet for a reasonable price.
> The Dry_transfer technique do not seem adapted to such publication.

One would apply the dry transfer to the original typescript. The book
itself would then be printed by some photo-mechanical means (e.g. PMT).

I was involved in some print publication in the early eighties where the
original was created using a variation of a photo-typesetting machine
which, however, just created a single column of text. The output from
that was pasted up (together with graphics) and then then tranferred
photo-mechanically onto a drum for offset printing.

Something analogous could easily have been done to a high quality
typescript with LetraSet for the special characters. The fact that the
"book" uses a typewriter-like font for the running text seems to hint at
that. (Some later typewriter ribbons used a technique similar to the dry
transfer, and unlike the "inked" ribbon for which early typewriters are

I don't remember ever learning the proper terms for all of these things,
but it should be easy to find those buried in Wikipedia somewhere.

> Frédéric
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