Book Recommendations


[1] Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type
[2] Little Book of Letterpress
[3] Impressive: Printmaking, Letterpress and Graphic Design


Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens

Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and

It’s the natural inconsistencies—the accidental differences between one finished piece and another—that make hand-printed fabrics, papers, furniture, and works of art so interesting. The quirks are what show the maker’s intimate involvement in the process, and it’s that unique quality that first attracted textile designer and illustrator Lena Corwin to hand-printing.

Available at Amazon


Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type

Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type

To design great letterpress art it is necessary to understand a few principles about type and how to use it. This comprehensive guide is intended to advance the progress of designers seeking to deepen their typographic expertise. Typography Essentials is a practical, hands-on resource to distill, organize, and compartmentalize—but not to oversimplify—the many complex issues surrounding the effective use of typography.

Available at Amazon


General Printing: An Illustrated Guide to Letterpress Printing

General Printing: An Illustrated Guide to Letterpress Printing

This book is more a deep dive into letterpress printing. With 300 photos and 140 illustrations, it offers detailed step-by-step visual instruction. Key topics include: handsetting type, taking proofs, mitering rules, locking up a form, adding packing and make-ready, feeding a platen press, advanced composition, design, typography, and tricks of the trade.

Available at Amazon


Impressive: Printmaking, Letterpress and Graphic Design

Impressive: Printmaking, Letterpress and Graphic Design

A book from Gestalten label that shows the fusion of current trends in graphic design and traditional handwork such as letterpress printing, hand-cut linotype, chiselled woodblocks, and embossing. Besides selected invitations, business cards, stationery, posters, and other material printed by hand, it offers personal insights from designers who are using old-fashioned techniques to create cutting-edge work.

Available at Amazon and at Gestalten (you will also find some additional information and pictures there)


Letterpress Printing, A Manual for Modern Fine Press Printers

Letterpress Printing, A Manual for Modern Fine Press Printers

This is a great introduction for future letterpress printers and press owners as well as interesting book for experienced printers. Short but detailed enough for most purposes this book explains all aspects around a modern letterpress studio.

Although it is pretty new for a letterpress manual (it was published 2005) it is not printed anymore. That's why it's not available through Amazon but you can order a copy at NA Graphics.


Little Book of Letterpress

Little Book of Letterpress

A wonderful collection of great letterpress art by contemporary printing studios. Made for all of us who just love to see amazing and inspiring letterpress prints without too much text disturbing the visual experience.

This book is not about teaching how to create letterpress prints but it is definitely about teaching how to love letterpress prints.

Available at Amazon

The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line

The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line

This book is a great source for all who want to earn money with letterpress printing (or any other craft). The Handmade Marketplace breaks down and makes sense of the global possibilities for marketing and selling crafts. It explains how to find the right price for the products, determine cost of goods, understand market competition, and how to sell these on fairs or online.

What we like about this book is that it is very focused on our life today and includes online marketplaces like Etsy and other great sites.

Available at Amazon