from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A press worked by hand, in distinction from one moved by steam-power, etc.


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  • During the hand-press period, when type was reset each time a press was used, this term was synonymous with edition.


  • Striding clumsily but efficiently, like a laboring-man, she led him into the largest building, where Daylight saw a hand-press and all the paraphernalia on a small scale for the making of wine.

    Chapter IX

  • Between her and her hand-press on the mountain clearing and him ordering his wine in the hotel was a difference of seven dollars and seventy-eight cents.

    Chapter IX

  • "The Consortium of European Research Libraries has announced that OCLC Online Computer Library Center will host the CERL Hand Press Book Database, a collection of more than 2 million catalog records from libraries representing items of European printing from the 15th century through the 1830s, the hand-press period, integrated into one database."

    January 2007

  • Pepler opened his printing-office at Ditchling in 1915 with a fount of Caslon Old Face type and a Stanhope hand-press of the year 1790.

    H.D.C. Pepler Part One

  • From his magician's bag he produces an antiquated hand-press of stippled grey metal which in my out-of-body state I identify as Aunt Imelda's orange squeezer.

    the mission song

  • Poor Davidsen, a tall, thin man in ragged clothes, the father of five children, the owner of two cases of type and a hand-press, a pauper thus, a louse.

    The Road Leads On

  • Sand-cement blocks may be molded by hand or with a simple hand-press.

    Chapter 6

  • I can't imagine how anyone could ever make a lineotype, but the type and the hand-press are easy enough, and if you can make paper, we may yet live to read our 'published works.'

    The Master-Knot of Human Fate

  • ESTC serves as a comprehensive bibliography of the hand-press era and as a census of surviving copies.

    From the Print Media to the Internet


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