Last year letterpress printer, Jennifer Farrell, designed and printed a beautiful decorative M constructed from almost 100 metal printers’ ornaments.
After hesitating to break-up the forme, she had the idea of producing a whole alphabet using the same method. Eventually this thought galvanised into producing a limited edition book which she has printed at her Starshaped Press, in Chicago, and has bound at Wells College Press.
The process has resulted in some stunning imagery, especially of the metal forms which have been photographed after printing, still with silver ink clinging to the ornaments.
The edition is almost sold out, but there are a handful of copies still left. Most will be ready to ship in mid-May. Get one here.
Christina Yan is a talented prop stylist based in Toronto. This whole stationery set exudes sophistication, timelessness with a bit edge. Each piece was letterpressed with finishing touches of gold foiling, gold edging, and embossing.
One of the earliest extant fairy tales, from Apuleius’s The Golden Ass, in a limited edition printed by Thomas B. Mosher, 1909. #rarebooks #fairytales #mosherpress #finepress #letterpress #antiquarianbooks #limitededitionbooks #finebooks #bookporn #bookdecor #blueroofbooks
Anna has long had an interest in Greek mythology but her Pick of the Week was a bit of a coincidence. Intrigued by the title, Blind Date, she pulled this book from the Book Arts Collection. It turned out to be a retelling of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur (and a foray into the story of Heracles and Omphale) written by Thomas Meyer, illustrated with etchings and embossed prints by John Furnival, and published by Circle Press in 1979. Blind Date was printed in a limited edition of 300 copies and 40 proofs and is signed by the artist. The text was hand-set in 24 point Bodoni and letterpress printed by Walter Taylor, Ron King, and John Coleman on Somerset rag-made paper.
Anna loves the embossed mazes that surround the etchings. She has yet to solve all of them but she’s pretty sure that at least one is impossible.
Stranger & Stranger Spirit Tag - Absinthe by Cranky Pressman Via Flickr: Custom letterpress production by Cranky Pressman for Stranger & Stranger Holiday Gifts. <a href=“http://www.strangerandstranger.com” rel=“nofollow”>www.strangerandstranger.com</a>
Refurbished Craftsmen Imperial 5x8 and a small paper cutter for sale $1500 or best reasonable offer. The Craftsmen needs rollers (has cores and trucks), the paper cutter blade needs sharpening, and cutting sticks. Pickup in Elkins, WV. Both items are light enough to be moved by one individual. This setup would be great for anyone looking to get into letterpress on a relatively small scale.