American Iron Hand Presses
The Story of the Iron Hand Press in America
Author: Stephen O. Saxe, printing historian.
Illustrated with wood engravings by: John DePol was among those classic, self-taught graphic artists (like J. J. Lankes and Rockwell Kent) who worked in a variety of media, but whose main contribution was to the field of wood engraving. Although he has illustrated countless books & magazines, and was a friend to most letterpress printers and private presses of the latter half of the last century (Robert Jones's Glad Hand Press, Arthur Rushmore's Golden Hind Press, Neil Shaver's Yellow Barn Press, New York's Typophiles & John Anderson's Pickering Press, among others), his work remains little known, his contributions unheralded.
Publisher/Date: Oak Knoll (1995) Reprint
Format/Condition: New paperback book in Fine condition, 108 pages, 15 b/w wood engravings, measures 7 x 10 inches.
Description: The technology of iron (replacing wood) created a revolution in printing in the 19th century. American Iron Hand Presses is an example of solid scholarship and graceful, informative writing. It addresses the history and development of the iron hand press in the 19th century, and the curious stories of each of the principal presses and press inventors of the time. This important volume covers the great American iron hand presses of the day -- Stanhope, Columbian, Ruthven, and many others.
DEDICATORY NOTE xiii
Chapter 1 THE STANHOPE PRESS 3
Chapter 2 THE COLUMBIAN PRESS 9
Chapter 3 THE RUTHVEN PRESS 17
Chapter 4 THE WELLS PRESS 23
Chapter 5 THE STANSBURY PRESS 29
Chapter 6 THE SMITH PRESS 37
Chapter 7 THE WASHINGTON PRESS 43
Chapter 8 THE ALBION PRESS 51
Chapter 9 THE UNION PRESS 57
Chapter 10 THE TUFTS PRESS 63
Chapter 11 THE PHILADELPHIA AND BRONSTRUP PRESSES 69
Chapter 12 THE FOSTER PRESS 75
Chapter 13 THE RUGGLES PRESS 83
Chapter 14 OTHER PRESSES 89