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The Bibliographical Press: Handpress Resources

The Bibliographical Press at the Yale University Library aims to educate the Yale and wider communities on the history, practice, and significance of printing and the book arts.

Suggested reading

Allen, Lewis M. Printing with the handpress; herewith a definitive manual ... to  encourage fine printing through hand-craftsmanship. New York, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. [1969].

Burke, Jackson. Prelum to Albion; a history of the development of the hand press from Gutenberg to Morris, by Jackson Burke. San Francisco [Printed at the Press of M.L. and J. Burke], 1940.

The Common press: being a record, description & delineation of the early eighteenth-century handpress in the Smithsonian Institution ; with a history & documentation of the press by Elizabeth Harris ; and drawings & advice on construction by Clinton Sisson. Boston : David R. Godine, 1978.

Logan, Herschel C. The American hand press: its origin, development and use / by Herschel C. Logan ; illustratations by the author ; with a foreword by Ward Ritchie. Whittier, Calif. : Curt Zoller Press, 1980.

Oldham, Robert W. A field guide to North American hand presses and their manufacturers / Robert Oldham. Doswell, Va. : Ad Lib Press, c2006.

Rummonds, Richard-Gabriel. Printing on the iron handpress / Richard-Gabriel Rummonds foreword by Harry Duncan; illustrations and technical diagrams by George Laws. New Castle, DE : Oak Knoll Press, 1998.

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