THE OLD SCHOOL PRESS

Printing Jump of the Manta Ray

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Making an impression

On the board at the far end of the press is a stack of the 175gsm Somerset paper used for the book. Each sheet is slipped under grippers on the cylinder, and then rolled down the bed of the press. The inking rollers lead the way and ink the type, followed by the paper that is wrapped round the cylinder as it in turn rolls over the inked type. Some sheets had to go through the press five times in cases where there were several colours on the back and front of the sheet. An important part of the set up is making sure that registration is maintained and that each sheet is properly 'backed up', ie text lines on the front and back of the sheet overlap exactly.

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The image is copyright © Philip Hughes 2002.