The history of the Press has yet to be written. This book makes no pretensions to be an exhaustive survey. It has purposely reduced historical material to small compass, and seeks to give those who know nothing of the Press-world a familiar account of the processes that go to the making of their daily or weekly paper. A certain amount of use has been made of previous works, such as those of Escott, Fox Bourne, Andrews, Knight Hunt, and Grant. The last, however, not only describes methods now quite superseded, but was never a sure historical guide. Yet for one or two amusing anecdotes we owe Grant's three volumes hearty thanks.