Johnsons were delighted to be asked to print an impressive new book by author Dai Rees. Printed in two versions as a hard back and soft cover, “Teulu Fferam” is a wonderful book charting local history of the Roberts family.
We compared it to a book from our archives, printed by Johnsons on the same premises 136 years earlier!
“History of Nantwich” was printed in 1883 at the very same Oat Market premises, and whilst there are a few differences the end result is a hard bound book that will last the tests of time.
The most obvious difference is the paper used in Dai Rees’ book. A textured paper stock called Accent Antique Alabaster by GF Smith was used for the inner pages, giving the latter a feel of quality and luxury. Unsurprisingly, this paper wasn’t available in 1883, with George Frederick Smith not founding GF Smith until 2 years later!
Also the methods of printing have changed quite considerably since 1883. Mr Rees’ book was printed using the latest commercial digital printing press technology. However, the end result wasn’t a million miles apart.
Johnsons was founded in 1827 by Thomas Johnson and the head office remains situated in the same Oat Market address in Nantwich. One of the oldest printing companies in the UK, Johnsons also have printworks in Crewe, Cheshire and supply print across the UK and Europe, as well as supplying local businesses.
Johnsons remain at the forefront of print technology, employing 35 experienced staff alongside some of the industry’s most advanced printing presses and workflow software. We look forward to printing more books like these in the future.