Vintage letterpress from the heart of Wiltshire
First established in 1989, the Ptolemaic Press specialises in limited edition, high quality hand made publications - cards, tickets, leaflets and ephemera - printed using vintage letterpress equipment and a collection of antique typefaces and images.
We are perhaps best known as the printers and publishers of the periodical The Terrascopædia, a letterpress magazine founded in 2012 dedicated to underground music which builds on the tradition established by its forefather, the Ptolemaic Terrascope - a commercially printed (offset litho) magazine which was pasted up on boards and assembled by hand between 1989 and 2004.
Terrascopædia Issue 12
Published June 2019, our 12th issue finds us running feature interviews with Wet Tuna, The Left Outsides and Dean McPhee (the latter two fresh from their performance at the Woolf II festival of music & print which took place at Cleeve House, Wiltshire over the weekend of June 8th and 9th 2019)
120 copies produced. Each copy is entirely hand made from cover to cover, typeset primarily in 12pt Caslon Old Face, with a bit of 16pt Poliphilus thrown in for good measure, and lovingly printed in full colour on unbleached, hand cut 7" square paper on a fully restored 1926 vintage, 10cwt Arab Foolscap Folio treadle press.
Please be aware that due to the hand-made nature of this publication, small mistakes are bound to occur and no two copies can ever be exactly the same.
Stitched. Illustrated. Full colour. 16 pages plus cover. Acid free cotton rag deckle edged paper. Measures approx. 7 inches by 7 inches and mailed in a 7" record, hand printed card mailer for safety.
Cost: £9.00 a copy, postage included (UK), £10.00 (EU), £12.00 (RoW)
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