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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Several manuals can be downloaded on this site. Does anyone know if there is an agent for Caslon Limited in Australia. Remember that our current, UK founders are only in business while demand exists so you should use them while they are still around. Hello I have recently purchased an Adana 5×3.

The Adana 8 x 5 – British Letterpress

Alternatively is there anyone in Australia wanting to sell one, preferably with manual? Stafford-Baker of the Happy Dragons Press.

One key difference from foundry type was that Monotype could be aligned on the body just as the founder wanted. 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. Remember also that type typesetitng being predominantly lead — has a scrap value.

If I knew where you were, I could suggest a source of instruction. For this reason, you should not mix different Monotype founts except where they are from a recognised founder. This leaves cases with gaps in the most common characters. I run a course in Edinburgh.

The Adana 8 x 5

Check out earlier postings as well. Cleanliness of the whole thing: 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. I am adna complete novice at letterpress a very keen one though.


This meant you could buy, say Modern No.

The quality of the type will depend on the way the shop was run. 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! When type was cast by a fype foundry, like Stephenson, Blakethey maintained alignments between castings. With a bit of common sense you can print instantly on these presses. Are there typesehting in some letters? 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: 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.

Letterpress Alive lists the UK founders still in business. Hello, I am interested in purchasing an Adana tabletop letterpress. If you are looking for type you are competing with the scrap man. Has it been placed back in the case or thrown?

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 adzna mind how you will store them in your own shop.


Thanks for replying, your information is really helpful! I have recently purchased an Adana 5×3.

Letterpress for beginners Later topic: I have copies of the instruction booklet for all Adanas and could send you one. Is it covered in dust or ink? Some places know that they will not use lead type again and so do not distribute it back once a printing job is complete.

Inspiration and much of the content of this article comes from J. I have emailed Caslon but no reply. If you have type to dispose of, please look at disposing of equipment.

Scoring on a Vandercook Earlier topic: I am an absolute novice and their website boasts the Adana as a user friendly machine for beginners. Each piece of type was a certain size and crucually, the alignment of typesteting character on the type was consistent. Does it look free of corrosion? I am sorry to be a pain but I just purchased a Adana 5 tgpesetting and I am so excited to get started and I was wondering if anyone had a copy of the manual that they can send me as I have never used one before Thanks in advance.

Is there any way I can get hold of a manual or otherwise can you recommend any books that might be of help? 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: It contains useful information and instructions.