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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Stafford-Baker of adaana Happy Dragons Press. I am an absolute novice and their website boasts the Adana as a user friendly machine for beginners. This leaves cases with gaps in the most common characters.

Adana® – The Home of Small Letterpress

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! This meant you could buy, say Modern No. I am sorry to be a pain but I just purchased a Adana 5 x3 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.

This means that different castings of 12pt Typewetting Sans will always have a body of 12pt, and will always have the same design, but the characters may not line up aadna the character is not positioned in the same place on the body. Letterpress Alive lists the UK founders tpe in business. Is there any way I can get hold of a manual or otherwise can you recommend any books that might be of help?

Cleanliness of the whole thing: Check out earlier postings as well. Scoring on a Vandercook Earlier topic: Typesetging some ways, well-used type is protected against corrosion.


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.

When type was cast by a traditional foundry, like Stephenson, Blakethey maintained alignments between castings. Is it covered in dust or ink?

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: Each piece of type was a certain size and crucually, the alignment of the character on the type was adsna. Hello, I am interested in purchasing an Adana tabletop letterpress. Inspiration and much of the content of this article comes from J.

Adana 5 x 3 Manual

Thanks for replying, your information is really helpful! Alternatively is there anyone in Australia wanting to sell one, preferably with manual?

I am a complete novice at letterpress typesettiny very keen one though. Remember also that type — being predominantly lead — has a scrap value. Has it been placed back in the case or thrown? If I knew where you were, I could suggest a source of instruction.

If you are looking for type you are competing with the scrap man. Does anyone know if there is an agent for Caslon Limited in Australia.

The Adana 8 x 5 – British Letterpress

The type will mostly be available in tyoe cases — these can take up a lot of room, so bear in mind how you will store them in your own shop. 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. One key difference from foundry type was that Monotype could be aligned on the body just as the founder wanted. I have emailed Caslon but no reply.


The quality of the type will depend on the way the shop was run. Several manuals can be downloaded on this site. With a bit of common sense you can print instantly on these presses. Letterpress rypesetting beginners Later topic: I have copies of the instruction booklet for all Adanas and could typesettint you one.

Some places know that they will not use lead type again and so do not distribute it back once a printing job is complete.

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 run a course in Edinburgh. It contains useful information and instructions.

If you have type to dispose of, please look at disposing of equipment. For this reason, you should not mix different Monotype founts except where they are from a recognised founder.

Does it look free of corrosion? I have recently purchased an Adana 5×3. Are there gaps in some letters? 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.