• face printing

    the first phase of printing which makes an imprint on the front-side of the page, followed by the reverse printing phase
  • facsimile

    reproduction of  a piece of graphic media (manuscript, artwork, print) that is as faithful as possible to the original, as a single sheet or bound
  • fair

    festival of worship, carnival, display of wares
  • faked masthead

    feigned, false or invented publication details for the concealment of a pirated edition, or for reasons of censorship
  • false place of printing

    faked, false or invented print locations are in part a fashion that comes and goes, in part intended against censorship
  • family tree

    genealogical compilation of a person’s descendants in the form of a tree, with branches, that grows upwards
  • fanfare style

    France style of book covers with geometrically applied gilding, from the 16th and 17th centuries
  • fig-leaf edition

    expurgated edition of a work from which religiously, politically or morally objectionable passages have been removed, also known as Bowdlerisation
  • figure

    artistic or explanatory illustration in print or digital media
  • figure scale

    the proportion of the figure in relation to the original
  • file transfer protocol (FTP)

    a special network protocol permitting the transfer of data
  • files

    written documents of courts and public authorities, classified temporally and by content
  • fillers

    fillers include clay, calcium carbonate and barium sulphate and are used to give paper better qualities
  • film

    photographic or cinematographic recording material, or the media form of images running together in sequence, forming a moving image
  • film lamination

    finishing refinement of a piece of print matter through coating with glossy or matt plastic film, sometimes also embossed
  • finding aid

    a document containing detailed information about a specific collection of papers or records within an archive
  • flatbed scanner

    device for the digitalisation of images using an illumination and scanning unit
  • flesh side

    the side of the skin on parchment which would have faced the body lying beneath it on the living animal
  • flexography

    a type of relief printing process in which flexible printing plates are used in rotary printing
  • flush left (or right)

    form of typesetting where lines of unequal length are aligned on one side (usually the left) in a straight line
  • flyer

    one or two-sided printed sheet with news or advertising that are distributed or placed on display to be picked up
  • flyleaf

    together with the pastedown, forms the endpapers of a book
  • flyleaf

    a sheet of paper that links the front and rear cover with the book block
  • folding machine

    paper-processing machine for the folding of sheets in accordance with the format being used
  • foldout

    foldable page in a book, e.g. a map of a (technical) drawing
  • folio

    a book in folio format, where the individual sheets are only folded once
  • font

    in information technology, the electronic form of a typeface for the rendering of a set of characters on screen or for printing
  • font family

    a group of related fonts with different widths, stroke depths and alignment of symbols
  • font style

    typeface forms with particular sizes, weights and styles; the individual members of font families
  • footnote

    annotation standing at the foot of a page, comparable to an endnote
  • forgery

    a copy simulating a genuine original work brought deliberately into circulation with the intention of fraud
  • Forty-Eighters

    member of the Frankfurt Assembly or an external proponent of liberal or democratic politics in the Revolution of 1848
  • fragment

    piece broken away or separated from a whole
  • Fraktur

    typeface from the group of blackletter typefaces
  • frater

    male member of a monastic community, sometimes a term only used for a layman, whilst clergymen are named Father
  • French Republican Calendar

    the calendar used in the French Revolution from 1792 and abolished by Napoleon again in 1806
  • front page

    the first page of a newspaper or magazine
  • frontispiece

    illustration on the side facing the title page of a book
  • full justification

    when type is typographically set so that all the lines have the same length with the left and right-hand ends of the line flush with one another
  • full-tone

    unscreened, uniform printing on a surface
  • functional illiteracy

    the inability, despite certain reading and writing skills, to master writing to the degree fully required in daily life