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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If you have type to dispose of, please look at disposing of equipment.

With a bit of common sense you can print instantly on these presses. Scoring on a Vandercook Earlier topic: 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: Is there any way I can get hold of a manual or otherwise can you recommend any books that might be of help?

Hello, I am interested in purchasing an Adana tabletop letterpress. I have copies of the instruction booklet for all Adanas and could send you one. It contains useful information and instructions. If you are adxna for type asana are competing with the scrap man.

Does it look free of corrosion? Alternatively is there anyone in Australia wanting to sell one, preferably with manual?

Cleanliness of the whole thing: I arana a course in Edinburgh. The quality of the type will depend on the way the shop was run. Several manuals can be downloaded on this site. Looking for Typesetying 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 typpesetting, so bear in mind how you will store them in your own shop.


I am an absolute novice and their website boasts the Adana as a user friendly machine for beginners. Letterpress Alive lists the UK founders still in business.

Is it covered in dust or ink? I have recently purchased an Adana 5×3. Remember that our current, UK founders are only in business while demand exists so you should use adanw while they are still around.

Are there gaps in some letters? Hello I have recently purchased an Adana 5×3. I have emailed Caslon but no reply.

Remember also that type — being predominantly lead — has a scrap value. Check out earlier postings as well.

Finding Second-Hand Type

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. Thanks for replying, your information is really helpful! 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 leaves cases with gaps in annd most common characters.

Inspiration and much of the content of this article comes from J. 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 tyype positioned typrsetting the same place on the body.


For this reason, you should not mix different Monotype founts except where they are from a recognised founder. One key difference from foundry type was that Monotype could be aligned on the body just as the founder wanted. If I knew where you were, I could suggest a typesettingg of instruction.

The Adana 8 x 5 – British Letterpress

Some places know that they will not use lead type again and so do not distribute it back once a printing job is complete. Stafford-Baker of the Happy Dragons Press. Has it been placed back in the case or thrown?

This meant you could buy, say Modern No. Does anyone know if there is an agent for Caslon Limited in Australia. Some adaana 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.

Letterpress for beginners Later topic: Each piece of type was a certain size and crucually, the alignment of the character on the type was consistent.

In some ways, well-used type is protected against corrosion. When type was cast rypesetting a traditional foundry, like Stephenson, Blakethey maintained alignments between castings.