Book to mark the 200th anniversary of the Columbian Press

Print­ing tech­nol­o­gy his­to­ri­an Bob Old­ham and hand print­ing press col­lec­tor and researcher Patrick Goossens have co-authored a new book about George Clymer’s Columbian hand press for the 200th anniver­sary of its inven­tion. The book includes a bio­graph­i­cal sum­ma­ry about George Cly­mer, some new infor­ma­tion about the devel­op­ment of the Columbian, and reports on Bob’s world-wide cen­sus of sur­viv­ing Columbian press­es.

The book is to be type­set in Mono­type Baskerville, and print­ed on Bob Oldham’s 1828 George Cly­mer Columbian press No. 375, using Zerkall mould-made paper in a lim­it­ed edi­tion (max­i­mum of 100), with the planned release date of April 26, 2014, the 200th anniver­sary of the pub­li­ca­tion of Clymer’s announce­ment in the Philadel­phia Auro­ra and Gen­er­al Adver­tis­er of the avail­abil­i­ty of the Columbian.

Fund­ing is sought to sup­port this project, and there is more detail and infor­ma­tion on how to con­tribute on the project’s web­page.