Hi im new to letterpress and was looking into this press that is being sold very close to where I live. The seller has no info on this press just the model HO2137 and that it says oto on casting. I have tried looking for information on this adana pressed but have failed. I was curious as to what size it is and how this press works because I have not seen many that look like this. Please fill me in on any information you may have on this press.
Thank you in advance everyone!
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Its actually and HQ which stands for Hand Quarto enabling a print size of 10 x 8. The press is very versatile. As you lift the handle from under the stirrup shaped piece the rollers will come along and ink the type surface. Lay on your paper to the back of the bed the rollers return and the handle bears against the stirrup shaped piece and gives a fulcrum point to enable print pressure. These presses werent as popular as the ubiquitous 8 x 5 but all the owners I knew found them very useful.
It was the only press of any decent size I could carry in checked baggage, because of its light weight. I printed a book on mine last year and I was quite pleased with the results.
Read John Ryder’s ‘Printing for Pleasure’. You’ll find out more about the ease with which you can work on this press.