317 16 : LONDON If the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz is a large museum to which a small library has been attached, the converse is true of the St Bride Printing Library in London: the rich biblio- graphical library established in 1895 from the estate of the printer and printing historian William Blades was joined by a small printing museum in 1970. The modest collection, largely on display in an Exhibition Room which is only opened on special request, comprises a number of printing presses and other typographical material and various documents. The collection of presses is led by an eighteenth-century wooden hand press which is particularly interesting not only because it is a representative of the box-hose type not preserved on the Continent (it was an early form of construction in which the spindle ran through a wooden box) but also, more importantly, because it shows one of the solutions devised towards the end of the eighteenth century for the problem of inaccurate and slow working of the printing press: between the bar and the spindle driven by it there is a lever which not only increased the pressure on the platen but also enabled the pressure
Quaerendo – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1982
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