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THE TOOLS OF THE PRINTER. The use of these tools will be understood from the examination of Plates VII (1-4), VIII (5-17), and IX, in connection with the following explanations:

1. Box, for keeping all the tools and materials required for printing. The rack on top is used to hang the brushes on, and can be removed and packed in the box. The paper is kept on the shelf, so as to prevent its drying and being carried away by the draft. The colors are placed into the lower compartment. The box also serves to keep the dust and dirt from the paper and the colors.

2. Boards, for pressing wet paper.

3. Small box, for keeping colors, color dishes, etc. This is stored in the box No. 1, when not in use.

4. Printing table, which, when not in use, serves to close the front of box No. 1.


5-7. Brushes, for charging the cut planks with the printing colors, one particular brush being used for each color. When not in use, they are hung on the rack on top of box No. 1.

8. Brush, for wetting paper.

9. Oil of Sesamum orientale, contained in a bottle. (See No. 10.) [Ed. note]

10. Baren, a little shield which answers the purposes of the European press. After the sheet has been laid down on the plank charged with color, it is rubbed on the back with the "baren," so as to make it take the impression. The face of the "baren" in contact with the paper is occasionally rubbed with oil of Sesamum orientale.

11-13. Chisels and a knife, used to correct the registering marks, if that should be necessary.

14. Agitator, for mixing colors in the basin, No. 17. [Ed. note]

15. Pads of cotton cloth, to be placed under the four corners of the planks, while printing, to keep them from moving.

16. The five dry colors described above as used in the printing of "Yinaka genji," put up in bottles.

17. Basin, for mixing colors.

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