Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

The Imprint
Jackson, F. Ernest Mason, J. H. Johnston, Edward
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" HE real trouble about the Printer's Bitter Cry is that it is not a 
chorus. It is an occasional, isolated howl from some unfortunate 
and vocal printer, who is suffering more than usually acutely 
from the thoroughly unsatisfactory conditions which surround 
the life of the printer in England at this time." With the 
 change of the word " writer " to that of " printer," the above 
is the opening of a most excellent and straightforward article by Mr. Filson 
Young in the " Saturday Review " of February 8th, entitled" The Author's 
Bitter Cry," an article which, if we were not all too jaded and harassed by 
cares to care, would have been talked about and written about as much as 
the recent burning of a rustic tea-house. It touches us all-all Who write, 
print, publish, or read. The fact is, we are not only too jaded and 
harassed, we are also too dishonest. 
Mr. F ilson Young does not mention the printer in his article, but every 
word he says reflects upon this " unfortunate " individual, and yet we doubt 
if six printers have read the article or will trouble to read it. 
It is the worst of bad taste to be frank, but let us, on the verge of moral 
and financial bankruptcy, try and see the facts clearly-and let a few of us 
face them. The fact is we are too dishonest. The whole trade-publishing, 
printing, advertising-is infested with probably more dishonourable parasites 
than any other trade or profession in the country. There are names of pub- 
lishers emblazoned on the covers of books to-day-names which are held in 
reverence and respect by the simple and unsuspecting reader-that would 
long ago have been struck off the rolls of any honourable profession. And 
why have they not been so exposed P Because there are not ten publishers 
in England ready to join together and sweep the stable. The same may be 
said in a less degree of the printer. He has let himself be ground down under 
the hob-nailed heel of the publisher, until he has had to resort to all the 
" tricks of the trade " in order to keep on the right side of Carey Street. 
There are printers to-day who will even be candid enough to tell you that 
they make their book-printing pay out of the author's corrections. At a 
recent Printers' Congress in London, Mr. Edward Unwin said, and said 
rightly, that this practice was thoroughly dishonest, not only to the pub- 
lisher but to the fellow printer. A ridiculous price-something like tenpence 
per thousand ens or even under-is quoted, and then-Well, you just make 
it up. And if you don't make it up, well, you know about it at the end of 
the year. 
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