Wooden printing pres, early 18th century.
4 0 c m
 
32cm
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

Wooden printing pres, early 18th century.

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Description

This pres follows a design which was in use by 1500 and persisted until the 1820s. The first British printer, William Caxton, would have used a similar pres, except that the screw which forces the paper on to the type would have run in a wooden rather than a metal nut. The type held in 'forme' on a movable 'plank', is inked with 2 leather 'dabbens'. The paper is held in a frame or 'tympan', its margins protected from ink by a mask held in the 'frisket'. Presure is applied by pulling on the bar.
 

Image Ref.

10233870
 

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