Adventures in Letterpress
Adventures in Letterpress is one of those beautiful books that I bought a while ago and don’t ever really look at. Because it’s not instructional I don’t feel the need to pull it out from under 17 other heavy books to look through it. But it has lots of incredibly clever, artistic, and eclectic examples of letterpress printing. Many of them are political and/or rude which makes them more interesting imo.
Letterpress printing uses a printing press to press a raised surface (say protruding letters) against a continuous roll of paper. Letterpress was almost obsolete, with other easier techniques of printing available. But, according to the Adventures in Letterpress blurb, artists and designers have taken is upon themselves to rescue letter-presses from scrap yards. This kind of art has become nichely popular (if that makes sense), as an antidote to the crazy digital age we live in.