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[BKARTS] copy press aka book press


One thing I always look at when checking out an old copy press: What is the angle of the screw? If it is too steep of an angle, it will not hold itself pressed down. This is simple to check- simply put something that can be compressed into the press, tighten it down and then let go of the wheel. If it remains down then it is useful as book press. If it releases then it is not useful as such and is worth- as a book press- very little.

Scott K Kellar
Bookbinding & Conservation
2650 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL  60618

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