glossary of terms in map history


relief (printing)

The printing of images from raised surfaces, atop which the ink rests. Historically, relief printing has been accomplished through wood blocks, typographic surfaces, stereotypes, cerographic surfaces, and other processes, as well as through letter-press. If the matrix is “type-high”—i.e, the same height as individual pieces of type—then it can be set within the type form, so that text and image are printed simultaneously.