Get this from a library! Type and typesetting: for users of Adana printing machines. [Adana Printing Machines, Ltd., Twickenham, England.]. In June , the Adana Eight-Five was unveiled costing £ a first for them I think – typeset on the last Intertype machine of its kind ever made and which. Adana’s Selection of Stock Blocks. You might be lucky enough to acquire type during your letterpress career-local printers closing In “Type and Typography”.

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With a bit of common sense you can print instantly on these presses. Is it covered in dust or ink?

Finding Second-Hand Type – British Letterpress

Check out earlier postings as well. This leaves cases with gaps in the most common characters. Have a look at a low-quantity compartment like q, z or x and see if there are enough of those characters Quality of the Type: I am a complete novice at letterpress a very keen one though.


Aand manuals can be downloaded on this site.

Alternatively is there anyone in Australia wanting to sell one, preferably with manual? I am very excited about getting started but also a bit worried that I have been a bit foolish in thinking I can learn from scratch!

I have recently purchased an Adana 5×3. This meant you could buy, say Modern No. I am an absolute novice and their website boasts the Adana as a user friendly machine for beginners. Stafford-Baker of the Happy Dragons Press. Has it been placed back in the case or thrown?

For this reason, you should not mix different Monotype thpesetting except where they are from a recognised founder. Does it look free of corrosion? This means that different castings of 12pt Gill Sans will always have a body of 12pt, and will always have the same design, but the characters may not line up because the character is not positioned in the same place on the body.

The Adana 8 x 5 – British Letterpress

Cleanliness of the whole thing: Hello, I am anv in purchasing an Adana tabletop letterpress. Some compositors take a more personal view — that the type should not be used by hobby printers — and so remove all of a given character to prevent re-use. In some ways, well-used type is protected against corrosion. When type was cast by a traditional foundry, like Stephenson, Blakethey maintained alignments between castings.


Hello I have recently purchased an Adana 5×3. The quality of the type will depend on the way the shop was run. If you are looking for type you are competing with the scrap man.

Adana 5 x 3 Manual

One key difference from foundry type was that Monotype could be aligned on the body just as the founder wanted. Thanks for replying, your information is really helpful!

I run a course in Edinburgh. Remember that our current, UK founders are only in business while demand exists so you should use them while they are still around. Inspiration and much of the content of this typestting comes from J.

Looking for Type Places to look are — Local printers might direct you to letterpress shops closing down Small Ads in the BPSs Small Printer Magazine eBay occasionally lists printers who are loooking to get rid of their letterpress outfits The type will mostly be available in jobbing cases — these can take up a lot of room, so bear in mind how you will store them in your own shop.


It might also mean that you have to clean it up before use If you have type to dispose of, please look at disposing of equipment Alignment: I have copies of the instruction booklet for all Adanas and could send you one. Is there any way I can get hold of a manual or otherwise can you recommend any books that might be of help?

Letterpress for beginners Later topic: Are there gaps in some letters?