“The rolling-press, which is employed in nearly every species of copper-plate printing, is divided into two parts, the body and the carriage. The body consists of two wooden checks, placed perpendicularly on a stand or foot, which sustains the whole press. From the foot, likewise, rise four other perpendicular pieces, joined by cross of horizontal [...]Frankfort Black, mixed with nut-oil that has been well boiled; the two being ground together on a marble slab, in the same manner as printers grind their colors. [...]” (p. 488, s.v. Press) [more...] [$]
“Very little improvement in the construction of this instrument took place from the first introduction of the art into Europe till the late Earl Stanhope applied the powers of his mind to the subject, and introduced a new press of a decidedly superior construction. The old press was made of wood, with an iron screw that had a bar fitted in it; to the [...] face of the types; and thus the impression was obtained. This press has, however, entirely given place to presses made of iron. [more...] [$]
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