4215Re: Tips on where to acquire a letterpress??
- May 11, 2005
> But if you do inquire around, don't tellGerald is quite correct. Unfortunately the usage is enshrined at
> folks you are looking for "a letterpress"! You will be branded
> immediately. Letterpress is the process/technology. You want a press
> used for letterpress printing.
Briarpress (see top link "How to classify a letterpress"). And
unfortunately, too, there is an historical precedent: John Smith's
_Printers' Grammar_ (1755 et seq.) makes the same use on the
titlepage, but it's uncommon. I haven't checked Stower (who used
Smith), but it's definitely uncommon. (Also, to make things more
confusing, for any librarian with a manuscripts background, the
"letterpress" was an 18th C device for making chemical copies of your
handwritten letter--this was before carbon paper or photocopying. Both
Jefferson and Franklin owned and use one.)
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