Excerpt from The Monotype System: A Book for Owners Operators of Monotypes
The Word Monotype both as a composing machine and as a type caster. The most striking characteristic of this system is its flexibility, for the "versatile machine" has successfully solved an almost infinite variety of composing room problems. It is quite impossible for this book to cover all the special uses of the Monotype; indeed, if any such book were attempted, it would be out-of-date before it was off the press, because, every day, users of the Monotype System are solving new problems and applying the Monotype to new uses.
The object of this book is to describe the basic principles of the Monotype, to explain, without technical detail, its most important mechanisms, to make clear the manner in which the Keyboard operator controls the Casting Machine and to illustrate graphically various forms of simple and intricate composition; in short, to supply an explanation of the fundamentals of the Monotype System and a I reference book for use in solving the special problems of different offices.
We have tried not to sacrifice clearness to brevity, for our aim has been to make a book that could be read and not a work that must be studied.
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