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 +<< [[contents:​index| Dictionary Index]] << [[contents:​c|Definitions under C]]
  
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 +====== Curvilinear Printing ======
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 +In the year 1805, a Mr. Zach. Allnutt published proposals for "a New Mode of Universal Linear Printing, named by me Curvilinear Printing, being a neat, expeditious,​ and cheap Method of printing Plans of Rivers, Canals, Roads, Estates, Encampments,​ Mathematical Figures, and all other Sketches required to illustrate any Subject." ​
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 +"The Time required in executing such Plans, and on which a Calculation of their Expence may be easily made, would be, 
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 +"For an [[o:​octavo|Octavo]] Plan of Demy or Foolscap paper not very much crouded. Time one person one day. 
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 +"For a [[q:​quarto|Quarto]] Demy or Foolscap paper not much crouded, or for an Octavo much crouded, Time two days. 
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 +"For a [[f:​folio|Folio]] Foolscap not much crouded, or Quarto much crouded, Time three days." ​
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 +He then proceeds to say, that he had published a small[[p:​pamphlets| pamphlet]], in which he had inserted some specimens of Maps of Rivers and Canals, and a Plan of a Building; and executed various Plans of Estates; and of Military Positions (but not with Soldier or Tent Types purposely cast), and a Sketch of a Machine, &c.; and that these specimens were composed with common printing types (except the Trees, Houses, Churches, and Compass, which were cast so as to be moveable,) and printed with a common letter-press. ​
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 +He proposed to "​discover and explain " "the precise Method of such Curvilinear Printing, with a full and particular Description,"​ "if a sufficient Number of Persons, to answer his Expectations,​ engage as Subscribers of Ten Guineas each." "But if there should not be a sufficient Number of Subscribers hereto according to the Inventor'​s Expectations,​ He will be ready to treat with any Person, or Persons collectively,​ for the sole Use of this New Method or Invention." ​
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 +I never knew of any person subscribing,​ or of any printer practising this particular manner of printing; and I believe that Mr. Allnutt'​s discovery would have sunk into utter oblivion, but for a few of his Proposals, one of which is now lying before me.
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