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ISO: De Vinne Press Archive

From the Contact form:

I am researching a book published by the De Vinne Press in 1888 and would like to know where the company archive is stored. I hope to find information regarding the designer of the binding, whom I suspect was a major Boston artist of the period.


Restoring A Coisne Stanhope Hand Press

Robert Oldham

A Coisne Stanhope, La Casa del Libro, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Robert Oldham)

While there are some gaps in our knowledge of the evolution of the hand press, one of the great leaps forward occurred about 1800–1810, when Charles Mahon, third Earl Stanhope, developed his ideas for a printing press, which was produced by the London engineer Robert Walker. And although there is some suspicion about the source of the ideas for the mechanism, Stanhope is credited with “inventing” the first all-iron hand press, and its success ensured its spread throughout Europe. [Read more]

ISO: Ampli-Type

From the  Contact form:

I have come across an American study from 1943 which used a typeface called Ampli-Type. I have been unable to find out anything about this typeface. Can anyone help? —Julie

Call for Papers – Wayzgoose 2020

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The American Printing History Association is pleased to announce that our 2020 annual conference will be held in partnership with the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin November 6-8, 2020. We are excited to accept letters of proposal for 30-minute speaking topics, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops. See the attached PDF for more details. Please note the deadline for applications is April 3oth, 2020. | Revised PDF

ISO: Printing Motif Glasswear

From the Contact form:

I have a set of four drink glasses that have some scenes of old time printing operations. Also, there is something with that looks like an association logo. See images below. I was just wondering if anyone could identify it. Thank you so much for any help you can offer. —Shanna Smith

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ISO: Elizabeth Glover/Matthew Daye printing press

From the Contact Form:

I’m trying to physically locate the Elizabeth Glover/Matthew Daye printing press, brought to Cambridge, MA by Mrs Glover. Any suggestions? I have physically found the Franklin Press in Newport Historical society.
thanks for any leads

Virginia Curry


New Board Members for 2020

The American Printing History Association is pleased to introduce members who have agreed to serve as officers and Trustees on the APHA board. This dynamic group of talented people will grow our organization and keep APHA thriving. We’re excited they are joining us.

The Nominating Committee 
Ethan Lipton
Robert McCamant
Emily Martin
Nina Schneider, Chair

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2020 Annual Meeting Program

The Annual Meeting of the American Printing History Association

Trustees Room, New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2 pm


E. Haven Hawley, President


NYPL staff member

Reports of Officers

Charles Cuykendall Carter, Vice-President for Membership
— A moment of silence for members who passed away in the last year
Jesse Ryan Erickson, Vice-President for Programs
Katherine McCanless Ruffin, Vice-President for Publications
David Goodrich, Treasurer

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A Tour of University of Maryland Special Collections

Katherine M. Ruffin

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. Boston : Pub. at the Anti-slavery office, 1845

Fri., Oct. 25 | Conference participants toured the Special Collections and University Archives in Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland, College Park. Visitors were greeted by Douglas McElrath, Director, and Amber Kohl, Curator of Literature and Rare Books. In the entry to the reading room, an exhibition case full of bindings by Margaret Armstrong provided an opportunity to see a range of work by a female American binder. Another case was filled with striking artist’s books featuring the alphabet. One book had been made by Lauren Emeritz of Abstract Orange. Coincidentally, Lauren was part of the APHA group and she was delighted to see her work on display. [Read more]

Book Review: Savage Impressions—An Aesthetic Expedition Through the Archives of Independent Project Records & Press

Paul Moxon, Website Editor

Compiled by Bruce Licher and Karen Nielsen Licher. Rochester NY: P22 Type Foundry and P22 Analog, 2020. ISBN: 978-096310826-5 (Standard edition). Hardcover. 240 pp. Full color. Discography and Index. Order

Savage Impressions is a sumptuous book sure to delight designers, printers, record collectors, and graphic arts enthusiasts. The publisher notes that it is the first extensive monograph devoted to Independent Project Press, one of the most influential letterpress studios active today. The proprietor, musician, artist, and designer, Bruce Licher, has been producing innovative, limited edition letterpress printing since 1982. He was among the first to print on chipboard for music package design. But it is his virtuosity in hand composing vintage metal types and his restrained palette that elevates this work above its professed purpose.  [Read more]