A note on the Dingler handpresses For more than three centuries the wooden handpress was, without fun- damental changes, the instrument for letterpress printing. By the end of the eighteenth century its economic and typographic disadvantages had become obvious. The wooden press was slow and very tiring to operate. This was due to the fact that the screw which produced the pressure on the platen caused heavy friction and the force required increased in pro- portion to the pressure on the platen so that at the moment of contact be- tween the platen and the forme the printer had to apply enormous physi- cal force to achieve the highest pressure. Related to this was the fact that the platen did not cover the whole chase but only slightly more than half of it. The use of a larger platen to cover the chase in its entirety would not only have made it physically impossible for the printer to produce the required pressure, it would also have caused the press to crack through excess pressure. As a result the forme was printed in two stages. First one half of the forme was put under the platen and printed by
Quaerendo – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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