Nineteenth-Century Modernising Inheritance of Editorial Style: Caleb Stower’s The Printer’s Grammar

  • Jocelyn Hargrave
Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)


This chapter relates not only how Caleb Stower emulated Philip Luckombe by appropriating Joseph Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises (1683) and John Smith’s The Printer’s Grammar (1755), but also how he pursued his own editorial path by sympathetically adapting and modernising the content of these manuals for his own publication, The Printer’s Grammar (1808). Stower’s editorial contributions included observing the standardisation of hyphenation and spelling; devising a more efficient, enduring word-based cast-off method; supplying the first exemplar that visually captured editorial practice at work and improving on the methods for correcting manuscript copy and typeset page proofs. However, emerging from analyses completed in the previous chapters, as well as understanding how little editorial innovation occurred from this point, is a picture of the punctuated evolution of editorial style through active stasis.


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  • Jocelyn Hargrave
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  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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