By CATHARINE MORRIS
How exactly were books – and the TLS, for that matter – printed before computers? Those curious to know the answer will find it at the Type Archive in Stockwell, London SW9. If they can get in, that is: the archive – the largest in Britain, containing three major typefounding collections (those of Stephenson Blake, the Monotype Corporation and Robert DeLittle) – moved into its attractive cobbled premises at 100 Hackford Road some twenty years ago, but it was only last week that it opened its doors to a crowd of visitors for the first time. We were there for two reasons: to celebrate the publication of the History of the Monotype Corporation by Judy Slinn, Sebastian Carter and Richard Southall; and to commemorate the 500th anniversary (mentioned here before) of the death of the great publisher Aldus Manutius.