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In which Anna and Judith uncover a publishing innovation that promised to spark a revolution – but didn’t. Expect the spectre of automation, invisible women, union disputes, rock-star pianists and a new take on the sound of typesetting. The Anatomy of Sleep¬†was the first book ever typeset by machine. By the time of the second…

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Trailer 01: The pianotype

The pianotype was an elegant Victorian machine, which promised to revolutionise typography and literature. But why has no-one heard of it?    LINKSYou can view the 1842 edition of ‘The Anatomy of Sleep’ by Dr Edward Binns online at the Internet Archive.  You can see pictures of the Pianotype machine in Anna’s blog post for…

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